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Following the Coronavirus Money Trail

The main aim of this report is to monitor the budget allocated to the health sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, including the state budget, foreign aid and other donations to the health sector. This report also considers the transparency and proportionality of financial assistance made available by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in order to provide the necessary safeguards, equipment and other related needs to cope with the Covid-19 situation in regional hospitals, including hospitals dedicated to Covid-19.

The objectives include: an analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the health system and the effectiveness of administrative and economic actions; a re-flection on the changes in the budget to cope with the situation of Covid-19; monitoring of the budget allocated to the health sector during the pandemic situation (including the state budget, foreign aid and other donations to
the health sector); monitoring of the distribution of funds according to the programs and main hospital institutions; identification of problems and suggested recommendations for improving the planning and management of budget funds.

The methodology included the collection and analysis of data on planning, amendment and budget allocation for the health system according to publications in the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Ministry of Finance and Economy as well as the collection and analysis of data on the execution of expenditures in the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and in the main
hospitals in the country, according to the data of the budget implementation of 8 months 2020, data from the Treasury (Ministry of Finance and Economy), publications and data from the publication of contracts realized on the website app. gov.al and in the Official Journal.


Information has been received regarding the allocation and spending of funds from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and from university and regional hospitals through questionnaires sent to these institutions regarding certain issues needed for the objectives of the report and reflected the legal changes and analysis of their impact. During this process, the donation data based on the declarations of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE), Ministry of Health and Social Protection and hospital institutions were collected and we have used the comparative method for the analysis of the impact of Covid-19 on the budget of the health system. An important part of the methodology was the identification and analysis of problems and the justification of recommendations.

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