Armenia’s healthcare system, for the last three decades, has suffered from an absence of vision, lack of strategic planning, poor quality and widespread corruption and nepotism. The country’s healthcare system, broadly speaking, is inefficient, relatively ineffective, and for these reasons has produced a less healthy population. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Artsakh War, now more than ever, systemic reform in the healthcare sector must be a priority.
Armenia is trying to move toward a universal health insurance system. The vision is to guarantee the right to health for all, including socially vulnerable groups, so that patients won’t have to choose between death and poverty.
Preventive healthcare can improve long-term health, increase lifespan and mitigate high medical expenses. While a number of programs are being implemented to help prevent illnesses and disease, people are not often taking advantage of those services.
With the COVID-19 pandemic in its third year, it is imperative that we push forward with the goal of vaccinating at least 50% of Armenia’s over-18 population with a first dose by the end of 2021, writes public health specialist Araz Chiloyan.
Armenia’s healthcare system remains inefficient, mismanaged and incapable of serving some of the basic healthcare needs of Armenian society. Reforms must concentrate on eliminating inefficient expenditures, developing a system with robust oversight and emphasis on quality.