Statistically, Bulgaria has around 1.8 doctors per 1000 people. There are over 350 hospitals with half of them being managed by the state. The rest are owned by universities, private companies, and foreign establishments. All hospitals and clinics have an accreditation given by the Bulgarian Health Ministry, which is given for a particular period of time and is regularly re-assessed. Some hospitals and clinics have an international accreditation, including JCI (Joint Commissions International), ISO (International Organization for Standardization), and affiliations with foreign medical providers.
Since 2007, after Bulgaria became a member of the European Union, the EU laws, and directives for best medical practice have been applied in all medical facilities and by all medical staff. The Ministry of Health together with the Independent Bulgarian Medical Associations have set the local benchmarks to be followed by medical providers and professionals. Their implementation is continuously monitored by independent watchdogs set by the Ministry of Health.
During the stay at the hospital, the patient is regularly monitored by doctors and nurses. The patient is assigned a personal doctor in charge, who is constantly aware of the patient’s condition and is at his disposal. Daily there are at least two mandatory doctor’s rounds to perform a health check in the morning and monitor the patient’s condition in the evening. When the medical status requires, a consultation with relevant external doctors is performed in due time. The doctor in charge suggests when the patient is ready to be discharged, while the department chief doctor approves it. The discharge letter is signed by both the doctor in charge and the department chief doctor.
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