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The Cabinet of Ministers approved the revised CHIF budget

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2021 05 14

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The draft amendment to the budget of the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) for 2021 was approved at the Government meeting today. The need for change was driven by current issues in the management of coronavirus infection.

The CHIF budget is being adjusted to take account of the increased need for compensation for the salaries of medical staff treating COVID-19. In the current 2021 budget, there was 45.6 million euros allocated for this matter.

It should be recalled that employees working with patients with particularly dangerous communicable diseases and health care professionals performing prevention in communicable disease outbreaks are paid an additional 60 to 100 percent higher monthly salary in accordance with the Law on the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases.

Quarantine was introduced throughout Lithuania on November 7 2020, and in October it was valid only in individual municipalities. Therefore, during the second quarantine, personal health care institution (PHCI) employees compensation equal to 75,6 million Euro was allocated from the CHIF - which is more than initially planned. Therefore, part of the increase in salary costs in February and the costs in March, with the approval of the Government, were offset by the main part of the CHIF budget reserve.

It should be noted that at the beginning of 2021, the CHIF budget reserve totalled almost 298 million. of which the main part of the reserve - 37.2 mln. euros. On May 14, the remaining unspent funds in the main part of the reserve amount to 17.3 million euros. Assessing the need for funds in November-March to compensate the PHCI for the expenses incurred due to the increase in staff salaries, it is forecasted that the funds of the main part of the CHIF budget reserve could be enough only for compensations for April and maybe part of May.

When changing the CHIF budget of 2021, it is proposed to increase the state budget appropriations by 48.5 million euro and redeploy a couple of budget items of the CHIF itself. An additional 37.5 million euro is planned to compensate for the increase in medical salaries due to the treatment of COVID-19 disease, as well as 37.2 million euro to replenish the CHIF budget reserve. These funds would restore the main part of the CHIF budget reserve, which is planned to be used to cover the costs of the increase in staff salaries in PHCI before the amending budget.

The Parliament will still have to have a say on the planned changes to the CHIF budget.
 

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