NHIF INFORMATION SYSTEM WILL BE READY IN 2006
Although nearly BGN1BN pass through the National Healthcare Insurance Fund (NHIF) every year, the fund has been operating without a single information system for five years. The experts of the World Bank had to approve the technical parametres of NHIF's computer and software equipment by the end of last August. The name of the executor was first expected to be announced in the end of next January. However, the NHIF only sent the necessary documents to the international credit institution on November 8. Now the bank needs time to assess them and confirm the beginning of an executor competition. The winner will probably be made public on May 1, 2005.The system is expected to be ready within a year after the agreement is signed. The software will cost EUR7MN, 20% of which will be provided by the state budget and the rest will come as part of the WB loan for reforms in the healthcare sector.The competition will be organized by the World Bank which is a guarantee that it will not repeat the Aremissoft Corporation saga, the NHIF Director Ivan Bukarev told the BANKER weekly. Two years ago the managing board of the fund suspended the agreement signed with Aremissoft in 1999 for development of BGN7.078MN worth software and information system. Following a number of scandals, the members of the managing board announced that the developed computer program did not meet the technical requirements set by the agreement.