Centralized Public Procurement and Anti-Corruption
Centralized public procurement in the health sector should ensure effective anti-corruption mechanisms, rationalization of the use of public funding and security in the payment of delivered goods. The key condition is that the healthcare institutions carefully plan their supply needs, as emphasized in the public debate entitled “Public procurement in the health sector – centralization or rationalization?”, organized by the consulting company Eurosfera of Belgrade.
Among other things, participants in the debate found that the purpose of a unique public procurement system is to secure free and strong competition among bidders, creating a favourable environment for actions supported by the EU’s pre-accession funds.
The World Bank’s Country Manager for Serbia Loup Brefort estimated that bringing innovation to the area of public procurement will face difficulties. He added, however, that such changes will enhance competition and lower the price of medicines.
Dragan Ilić, Director of the Institute for Public Health of Serbia Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut, said that it is important to define the list of goods that should be procured, and to research the local market.
The public debate was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and the Institute for Public Health of Serbia, with support from the Health and Family Committee of the Serbian National Assembly, the Health Council of Serbia and the Provincial Secretariat for Healthcare of Vojvodina and Belgrade.