Hospital utility bills could rise by 450% this autumn, the Ministry of Health confirmed to Neatkarīga. The Ministry of Health is preparing a report for the government on the ability of hospitals to cover all maintenance costs – to pay for water, heating, electricity.
The ministry will try to get state support for hospitals, but it is possible that at first they will have to pay the bills on their own, and the money will come in a few months, if not next year. Hospitals are medical institutions for which, for objective reasons, maintenance costs are quite high, but the possibilities for saving are limited.
Wards and operating rooms must be heated and lit, the water supply must be uninterrupted, not to mention the operation of all technological equipment in the hospital. The Ministry of Health emphasizes that hospitals, whether they are enterprises with state or municipal capital, will have to be supported, so information is now being prepared for consideration by the government.
«Since March-April, when the first signals of price increases appeared, we started collecting information. In May we had data for the first four months, in June we had data for five months, and now we collect data for seven months and make a forecast until the end of the year“, – says the Deputy Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health Boris Knigin.
Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.
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