The Ministry of Health has announced that due to the alleged suspicion of corruption in UKC Ljubljana, the Office for Control, Quality and Investments in Healthcare has requested clarification of the circumstances regarding the mentioned case from the management and the board of the Institute of UKC Ljubljana.
“Once the ministry has obtained all credible evidence and official information, it will decide on further steps. If the anonymous statements from the media prove to be true, the ministry, as the founder of the public institution UKC Ljubljana, will be obliged to react accordingly in accordance with its powers,” announced the Ministry of Health, which expects that all competent institutions, from the NPU, KPK to Furs, and other competent authorities will be involved in order to clarify all the circumstances.
The surgeon transferred 6,000 euros to Hong Kong
POP TV reported on Wednesday that the renowned neurosurgeon Roman Bosniak operated on a citizen of North Macedonia, who, in addition to paying 27,000 euros according to the regular price list for “private honorarium” she had to transfer an additional 6,000 euros to the doctor.
The Bosniak sent the patient’s family a preliminary invoice for the operation to remove the tumor in the amount of some 27,000 euros from a private email address. The invoice shows the official logo of the University Clinical Center Ljubljana, where Bošnjak is the head of the clinical department for neurosurgery. The patient’s family paid both bills, including the one for the private fee, on January 18 before the operation.
The message was intercepted and passed on to commercial television by an unnamed source. POP TV also obtained the invoice of the Hong Kong agency, which in the aforementioned case lists the expert’s fee and medical advice as an item, but not the payment of the annual membership fee, as stated by Bošnjak.
Director of UKC Ljubljana Mark South denied that the management knew of the private fee or worked with the Hong Kong agency.