The Association of Hospital Managers Physicians of Lithuania and Its Role in the Lithuanian Healthcare System
The Association of Hospital Managers Physicians of Lithuania (The Association) is a non-profit organization uniting legal entities providing healthcare as well as natural persons working in management or health services. The Association started its activities in 1991. On 31 August 1996 the Association was accepted into the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM).
The Association currently has over 140 members (including 2 university hospitals, 9 republican hospitals, 11 regional hospitals, 35 district hospitals, 9 outpatient clinics, 34 primary care centres, psychiatric hospitals, ambulances, sanatoriums, mental health centres, rehabilitation hospitals, nursing hospitals, etc.).
The bodies of the Association are as follows: the General Meeting; the Council; the Audit Commission; the Ethics Commission. The governing bodies of the Association comprises of the Board – a collegial management body, and the President – a sole holder governing body.
The main purpose of the Association is to unite the members of the Association, coordinate their activities, represent and defend the rights and legitimate interests of the members of the Association.
The Association is actively involved in the development and implementation of health policy in Lithuania; participates in drafting and development of legislation regulating the organization, financing, provision of healthcare services and the activities of healthcare institutions; submits proposals for draft legislation to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of Health; participates in health policy development and implementation structures as well as various working groups; advises state and local self-government authorities, non-governmental organizations on issues related to the Association‘s activities, organization of healthcare and activities of different healthcare institutions; establishes equal partnerships with state, local, governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in shaping and implementation of healthcare policies.
Moreover, the Association in cooperation with Lithuanian Universities (Vilnius University, Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas) organizes training and conferences for healthcare managers on various topics, such as health policy and strategy innovations; quality management system of healthcare; healthcare financing and health insurance; human resource management; innovations in the organization and administration of healthcare activities, etc.
So the role of the Association is significant the Lithuanian Healthcare System as well as in the management development of physicians.
Dr. Kęstutis Štaras
President of the Association of Hospital Managers Physicians of Lithuania