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Azerbaijan’s Healthcare Legislation: Major Developments Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

In: European Journal of Health Law
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  • 1 Institute of Law and Human Rights, Azerbaijan National Academy of SciencesH. Javid Avenue 115, AZ 1073 BakuAzerbaijan
  • | 2 Law Faculty, Baku State UniversityAc. Zahid Xalilov Street 23, AZ 1148 BakuAzerbaijan
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Abstract

Significant changes in the field of Azerbaijan’s healthcare legislation came just at the time when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic broke out in the world. The end of 2019 was supposed to lay the groundwork for the introduction of the country’s long-awaited health insurance – a landmark change in terms of national healthcare transformation; although the Law ‘On health insurance’ was adopted in the 1990s, its implementation was per se frozen for many years due to various reasons. Therefore, the pandemic complicated the process even more. It also coincided with significant updates of the Law ‘On human organs and tissues donation and transplantation’, which comes into force in 2022, and legislation related to disability. Thus, this paper focuses on recent changes in healthcare legislation; analyses system of health insurance, updated transplantation and disability laws. It gives an overview of the developments that accompany the process of legislation transformation.

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