3. Providing health services effectively
The section on PROVIDING HEALTH SERVICES EFFECTIVELY describes approaches for service delivery planning and patient pathways for suspected COVID-19 cases. It also considers efforts by countries to maintain other essential services during periods of excessive demand for health services.
3.1 Planning services
There are currently 9 designated health facilities to treat COVID-19 patients (see Section 2.1). Primary care is responsible for detecting suspected cases and referral for testing (see Section 1.5). There has been an increase in the availability and use of telephone consultations.
On 10 July the Government approved the proposed amendments to the Law on the Legal Regime of the State of Emergency, which allows the centralized management of the healthcare system once a State of Emergency has been declared. The amendments authorise the government to transfer the management of all medical facilities in Armenia to the Ministry of Health, regardless of their affiliation and ownership.