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The minister of Health wants Romania to have a base package of medical services until April 30, for the first time in the last 15 years.
Health Minister Eugen Nicolaescu announced that he prepares, in view of next week’s meeting with the delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a calendar of changes relative to Law 95/2006 (on the reform in the medical sector) and an evaluation of the impact of these changes. Nicolaescu will present during the meeting with the joint delegation of the IMF, European Commission (EC) and World Bank (WB) the calendar of modifications, along with explanations about the effects of these changes, and will explain the envoys of international institutions that implementing a new Health Law, as it has been discussed last year, would take several years. The minister added that, by April 30, Romania will have – for the first time in 15 years – a base package of medical services. “To be more precise, for the first time we will know that we have a certain sum of money and what services we can provide for this money,” Nicolaescu said, quoted by Mediafax. He emphasised that the enforcement of the base package of medical services is independent from the system of health insurances.In a separate move, Nicolaescu announced that the Ministry of Health (MS) will have a prevention compartment in charge with public policies in this sector, as prevention in the health sector will be the top priority of his mandate. “As a deputy, I am the author of a draft law on prevention in the health sector, along with some colleagues. Obviously, I will militate for the adoption of the respective draft law. And we will probably pass it as a chapter of Law 95, so it can be easily monitored in this sanitary code (…),” the minister said. According to the official, the team that will work in this prevention compartment will make the projects, will propose programmes that will later be adopted as public policies in the health sector.During the former mandate of Minister Eugen Nicolaescu, authorities enforced a programme aimed at evaluating the health state of the population. As part of this programme, each Romanian received by post a coupon with the word “physician” printed on it, which should have served for a consultation and analyses at the family physician, during the month he was born. Approximately 60 pc of the 22,348,596 persons that received the coupon used them within this programme, which ended in December 2008.