Bulgaria appoints new head of National Health Insurance Fund

Bulgaria appoints new head of National Health Insurance Fund

Neli Nesheva is the new head of Bulgarian state monopoly the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) after, on April 28 2010, Parliament approved her nomination with 101 votes in favour, 26 against and 30 abstentions.Nesheva told Parliament that her first task for the next six months would be to launch administrative reform in the NHIF and to review all payments made to hospitals.Nesheva succeeds Zheni Nacheva, who was forced to resign as head of the NHIF after on April 19 2010, just two months after her appointment, Nacheva was accused by prosecutors of misuse of power.Nacheva is alleged to have illicitly raised 800 000 leva in government payments to the Hadji Dimitar private hospital in Sliven in 2009.She allegedly also broke the law by ordering that private hospital Tokuda in Sofia and the state-owned Military Medical Academy (MMA) be given 320 000 leva and 511 000 leva, respectively, above the treatment cap.Nesheva was nominated for the post by the ruling party GERB, of which she is a member. Before now, she was chief secretary of the Health Ministry, a post to which she was appointed in November 2009 after GERB won the July 2009 national parliamentary elections and GERB leader and Sofia mayor Boiko Borissov was elected Prime Minister.Prior to that, Nesheva was head of Sofia municipality's health directorate.

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