According to the primary project of the budget presented to the Parliament by the Ministry of Finance, the budget of the Ministry of Health will be 3.863 billion GEL, which is more than 200 million than 2018.
3.8 billion GEL is a record amount, which any Ministry of Georgia has spent a year. Moreover, it is nominally higher than the whole of Georgia’s budget in 2006, which amounted to 3.85 billion lari.
The Ministry of Health will spend 30% of the 12.7 billion budget in 2019. In 2018, the Ministry of Health comes to 28% of the total budget, and in 2017 this figure was 29%.
From January 1, 2019, 740 thousand pensioners will receive a pension exceeding 20 000 GEL. The budget of the ministry is primarily associated with pensions. In 2018 the state pension fund’s volume amounted to 1.7 billion lari, which will be distributed to pensions – 1.9 billion in 2019.
The budget of 2019 will increase the budget of the Ministry of Infrastructure by 140 million and it reaches 1.96 billion lari. This growth is mainly related to the construction of the East-West Expressway, which is planned to spend 872 million lari in 2019.
With the draft budget of 10 million GEL, the budget of the Ministry of Defense is reduced to 790 million. As a result of this reduction, the share of defense will be only 6.2% of the total budget.