Structural funds to be used for new hospitals


Romania will be able to use structural European funds to build new hospitals. It is the most important news for the Romanian healthcare system, delivered by Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health, in an interview for Hotnews. In order to use the money, the Romanian Government must include health in its investment strategy.
“We urge Member States to use a larger percentage of structural European funds in the healthcare sector; this goes for infrastructure as well, if it can be incorporated in the projects,” Tonio Borg, stated, adding, “It is not enough to simply want to build new hospitals, because this infrastructure must play a part in the government’s healthcare policies.”
Government sources have confirmed that the European money would be used to build new hospitals in Iasi and Cluj, and possibly Craiova.
Romania’s public healthcare expenses account for the smallest percentage within the EU. In the last ten years, every administration, regardless of its political color, has promised to increase this percentage. “No one likes to be last. (…) You must invest in areas that help you save money; for example, eHealth. (…) If you want to save more, you need to invest in modern technology. This would also be good news for a Finance Minister,” Tonio Borg underlined.

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