Solution for state pharmacies’ debts by year’s end

Solution to halt the growth of debt in state pharmacies

Solution for state pharmacies’ debts by year’s end

The Serbian government and relevant ministries will devise a solution by year’s end to halt the growth of debt in-state pharmacies that were founded by the local government, while it is clear that existing financial obligations towards suppliers for delivered medicines, which have reached 11 billion dinars, will not be assumed by the state or converted into public debt.

This was announced by Serbian State Administration and Local Self-Government Minister Ana Brnabić at a consultative meeting with representatives of pharmacies, health centres and local governments about the establishing of sustainable financing for healthcare institutions, which was organised at the Palace of Serbia by the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government, with the support of NALED.

“We will determine the structure of debts and consider the possibility of the debt being taken over by local governments, as founders; we will reach an agreement with creditors about the write-off of interest, as well as the establishment of a grace period and debt repayments in several annual instalments. Likewise, we also want to devise a model of long-term sustainable funding that will prevent the creation of new minuses and will, alongside pharmacies, also apply to health centres” said Brnabić.