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Association 'Women without Osteoporosis'

Activities during May-September, 2003


The starting in February this year joint initiative of Association "Women without Osteoporosis" and the pharmaceutical company “Merck, Sharp & Dohme IDEA Inc.” titled "Urgent aid for bones" comprised a large part of Bulgarians, which effectively treat their disease osteoporosis. The reason for that was the provision of screening osteo-densitometric examinations at a preferential price, as well as the additive discounts in the price of treatment being fact after negotiations with the distributors and the wholesalers. Another important moment of the Program is that periodically and in different regions of the country there are organized public lectures - discussions, where the risks of the disease, the consequences of its progress, the personal and social burdens, as well as the efficient ways for prevention and treatment have been explained. These lectures-discussions constitute the main part of participation of Association "Women without Osteoporosis" in the Program being lead by outstanding specialists: in Sofia City – Plamen Popivanov, in the town of Plovdiv – Nedeva, in the town of Stara Zagora - Stoyanka Vladeva. The good organization, the qualified assistance and the possibility for everyone to discuss his personal experience and problems with medical specialists increase the members and the followers of the Association and convert into an example for good collaboration between patients, medical specialists and a non-governmental organization.


After the press conference in Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) on April 15, 2003, where Association "Women without Osteoporosis" presented its Declaration for Rights Protection of Osteoporosis Patients, a subscription backing the Declaration started countrywide. The National Health-Insurance Fund several times updated the positive medicinal list, but there was no increase of the reimbursement of medicaments for treatment of osteoporosis (it remained on the level of 25% since February, 2003). That's why, Association "Women without Osteoporosis" took decision to introduce the collected till mid-June signatures to the Presidency, the Council of Ministers, the Parliamentarian Committee of Health, the National Health-Insurance Fund and the Ministry of Health. The official responses from these institutions received declare their readiness to be protected the rights of osteoporosis patients according to the budget of the National Health-Insurance Fund.
On the eve of WOD, it is forthcoming the introduction of the collected till end-September signatures backing the Declaration for Rights Protection of Osteoporosis Patients to the official institutions, just before the consideration of the new frame agreement about the health insurance.


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