National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
"Health and Justice Statistics" Department
|Contact person function|
Head of department
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 459
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||17 June 2019|
|Metadata last posted||17 June 2019|
|Metadata last update||17 June 2019|
National and regional data about medical personnel - physicians, dentists, medical specialists on 'Health cares', by specialties are presented. The survey methodology is in accordance with the Eurostat methodological guidelines and definitions of the practicing medical specialists.
· Nomenclature of physicians by specialties in accordance with the Ordinance № 1 of the Ministry of Health (SG, 7/2015);
· Classification of Territorial Units for Statistical Purposes in Bulgaria (NUTS).
The data on medical personnel includes the number of all practicing physicians (head counts) who worked on a basic labour contract in health establishments, regardless of their ownership and subordination, individual and group practices for primary and specialised medical care as well as the medical personnel who worked in schools and creches. Data for medical personnel attached to other ministries is not included in the distribution by districts.
Data on medical specialists working outside of the country as well as on medical specialists practicing outside of the health establishments (for example, doctors working for pharmaceutical industry) are excluded.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
Practising physicians provide services directly to patients. Practising physicians' tasks include: conducting medical examination and making diagnosis, prescribing medication and giving treatment for diagnosed illnesses, disorders or injuries, giving specialized medical or surgical treatment for particular types of illnesses, disorders or injuries, giving advice on and applying preventive medicine methods and treatments. Inclusion: persons who have completed studies in medicine at university level (granted by adequate diploma) and who are licensed to practice; interns and resident physicians (with adequate diploma and providing services under supervision of other medical doctors during their postgraduate internship in a health care facility); salaried and self-employed physicians delivering services irrespectively of the place of service provision; foreign physicians licensed to practice and actively practising in the country.
Practising dentists provide services directly to patients. Practising dentists' tasks include: making diagnosis, advising on and giving necessary dental treatment, giving surgical, medical and other forms of treatment for particular types of dental and oral diseases and disorders. Inclusion: persons who have completed studies in dentistry / stomatology at university level (granted by an adequate diploma) and who are licensed to practice; interns (with an adequate diploma and providing services under supervision of other dentists or dental specialists during their postgraduate internship in a health care facility); salaried and self-employed dentists delivering services irrespectively of the place of service provision; foreign dentists licensed to practice and actively practising in the country.
Data on students who have not yet graduated; physicians and dentists working in administration, research and in other posts that exclude direct contact with the patients; unemployed physicians and retired physicians as well as on physicians working abroad are excluded from the number of practicing physicians and dentists.
The distribution of the physicians by specialties is based on the national nomenclature in accordance with the Ordinance No 1 of the Ministry of Health (SG, 7/2015). The distribution by specialties is assign to the physicians' practising speciality.
Indicators on the population per one physician and per one dentist are calculated based on the number of the population at the end of the year.
Statistical units are medical practicing specialists, who works on a basic labour contract. Reporting units are health establishments, creches or groups in kindergartens.
All medical specialists who worked on a basic labour contract in health establishments, covered by the survey - all in-patient (hospitals and centres with beds), outpatient health establishments - medical centres, dental centres, medical-dental centres, diagnostic and consulting centres, medical-diagnostical and medical-technical laboratories are covered. Data source for the individual and group practices for primary and specialised medical end dental care is the National Health Insurance Fund.
Other health establishments include centres for urgent medical aid, centres for transfusion haematology, hospices, medical universities and colleges, municipalities (for the medical personnel in schools), national centres without beds, regional health inspections, homes for medico-social care for children.
Covered by territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. The regional data is according to administrative-territorial division of the country at 31.12. relevant year.
2001 - 2018
|Unit of measure|
31.12. of the reference year
|Legal acts and other agreements|
· Regulation (EC) No 1338/2008 of the European Parliament and of Council of 16 December 2008 on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work;
· Law on Statistics;
· Law on Health;
· Ordinance № 1/27.02.2013 of the Minister of Health for the provision of medico-statistical information and information on health establishments medical activities;
· Ordinance № 1 of the Ministry of Health (SG, 7/2015).
Since 2010, Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) started procedure of joint collecting data on non-monetary health care statistics (health care activities).
|Confidentiality - policy|
· Law on Statistics;
· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
Individual data are not published in accordance with article 25 of the Law on Statistics. The publishing of individual data can be performed only in accordance with article 26 of the same law.
The date of the statistical information release is shown in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.
|Release calendar access|
The calendar is available on the NSI website: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480
Data on Medical personnel is published on the NSI website, section Health in accordance with the Law on Statistics and the European Statistics Code of Practice respecting the professional independence and aimed at objectivity, transparency and equal treatment of all consumers.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
Annual press release.
· Health Services;
· Statistical Yearbook;
· Statistical Reference Book;
· Brochure "Bulgaria";
· Regions, Districts and Municipalities in Bulgaria.
Data on Medical personnel are available to all users of the
Online database of Eurostat:
Information service on request, according to the Rules for the dissemination of statistical products and services in NSI.
|Documentation on methodology|
· Methodological notes;
· Definitions and data collection specifications on health care statistics (non-expenditure data) - Eurostat.
Reporting forms are collected by the Regional Health Inspections, which guarantees full coverage and quality of data.
Data on main non-monetary indicators on health care statistics (health care activities) are provided annually to Eurostat, World Health Organization (WHO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) via joint annual questionnaire filled-in in strict compliance with the prescribed terms and forms of presentation of the data. Within these annual questionnaires filled data are also provided to other European and international organizations.
The data are provided annually to National Centre for Public Health and Analysis, Ministry of Health and its territorial units - Regional Health Inspections, whose functions are to formulate policies in the field of health care at national and regional level.
Data users of health information at national and regional level.are the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, the executive and local authorities, National Health Insurance Fund, NGOs,
Upon request data is provided to research institutes, universities, NGOs and other users in conformity with the rules established in NSI.
Data are еxhaustive.
|Accuracy and reliability|
|Timeliness and punctuality|
Data are disseminated according to the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
2011-2017 data are comparable for all regions in the country. When analyzing the data the following has to be taken into consideration some specific particularities on medical servicing. The health establishments are not directly connected to the servicing of population of a given settlement or even of municipality. A great part of health establishments serve the population of a given region or a group of municipalities, and the specialized health care establishments - oncological, dermato-venereological, psychiatric, pulmonary and other service the population of 2 or 3 regions.
The establishments under central administration, regardless of their location, serve the population from the whole country.
Since 2018, there is a break in time series in respect to:
- the territorial distribution of physicians and dentists, working in practices under a contract with the NHIF. Medical practitioners working in practices that serve more than one municipality or district are included in the total number but not distributed by municipalities or by district.
- physicians working in specialized practices under a contract with the NHIF are allocated to the specialty they are practiced. Those who practice more than one specialty are included in the total but not allocated by specialty.
The methodological amendments has been made in order to avoid double counting.
|Comparability - over time|
The data are comparable from 2001 year.
2018 – break in time series in respect to the territorial distribution of physicians and dentists as well as distribution of physicians by practiced specialty.
|Coherence - cross domain|
|Coherence - internal|
|Cost and burden|
|Data revision - policy|
|Data revision - practice|
Data source about medical personnel is the reporting form filled in by health establishments, crеches or Homes for medico-social care.
Data source in respect to the number of physicians and dentists in individual and group practices for primary and specialised medical care is the National Health Insurance Fund.
|Frequency of data collection|
The process of collection of reporting forms is carried out by NSI and Regional Health Inspections. Data entry is carried online by the respondents or by the RHIs or RSOs (for paper documents).
The statistical data on practicing medical specialists and the application of statistical guidelines are validated yearly by Eurostat/WHO/OECD experts.
Data entry is carried online by the respondents or by the RHIs or RSOs (for paper documents).
The data is consolidated at national level by adding information from the surveys carried out by the NSI 'Homes for medico-social care for children' and 'Creches'. Data on practicing physicians and dentists in individual and group practices for primary and specialised medical care are added as well.
The information on medical personnel in health establishments attached to other ministries is added at national level.
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