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‘Russian doll’ hospitals drain Bulgaria’s health system

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Health Desk-- 3rd June, 2018: If public healthcare in Bulgaria had a face, it could well be the crumbling facade of the public hospital in Lovech, brought to the edge of bankruptcy by a controversial contract with a private sector clinic.

Weary-looking doctors and medical workers have been protesting outside the hospital — situated in one of the poorest regions of the EU’s poorest country — to demand their delayed salaries.

Earlier in May they blocked the road to the hospital in the north-central city for days on end, shouting: “We are hungry!”.

Lovech’s hospital is a victim of a controversial use of the public healthcare system now being investigated with private clinics installed inside public hospitals, amounting to “hospitals within hospitals” like Russian dolls.