Cseke Attila: Hospital mergers postponed for end of April

The Health Minister claims that the main package of services will be brought about with the help of World Bank experts.

Health Minister Cseke Attila stated yesterday that hospitals will become nursing homes starting on April 1, in line with the timetable, but hospital mergers will be carried out only after this takes place. “The framework-agreement has been postponed in order for hospitals to be re-classified, and that won’t happen earlier than the end of April,” Attila stated for Mediafax. According to the Minister, the personnel from the hospitals that will become nursing homes for the elderly will be redistributed in three stages, starting on April 4, with the redistribution being based on personal options. On the other hand, Cseke Attila claims that the main package of services that is included in the strategy to rationalize the Health system will be brought about with the help of World Bank experts. In this context, he pointed out that the state has to decide the level up to which it can cover expenditures and the various services left out should be paid through private insurances. “The Health Ministry (MS) budget and the National Health Insurance House (CNAS) budget do not cover certain segments the whole year. There are talks according to which 5 per cent of the national health insurances fund should be directed towards the private system,” the Minister explained. In his turn, Lucian Duta, President of the CNAS, pointed out that coming up with the main package of services that would be included in the national health strategy is the only sustainable solution for the health system.

In other developments, Attila claims that MS could consider buying iodine for the Ministry’s strategic reserve this week, pointing out however that this has nothing to do with the situation in Japan. Asked whether he knows that the radioactive cloud has reached Europe, he said that specialists have not confirmed this.


Romania registered worrying levels of cancer, tuberculosis, child mortality and maternal mortality cases, despite the improvements registered in recent years, the document titled “Inequities within Romania’s health system” shows. The document was presented yesterday during the General Meeting of the College of Romanian Doctors and was quoted by ‘Evenimentul Zilei.’ Thus, Romania has the highest incidence rate of child mortality (11 per 1,000 live births) and maternal mortality (13.52 per 100,000 births) in the EU. At the same time, it has the highest rate of deaths caused by cancer (128), mainly deaths caused by breast cancer and cervix cancer. The latter’s rate of mortality is in fact the largest in the WHO Europe region, being four times higher than the EU average (3.32). Although the rate of mortality caused by acute respiratory diseases – pneumonia and flu at ages below 5 – has dropped by half in 2000-2008 (from 143.53 to 76.22), it remains 15 times higher than the EU average (5.18 in 2008). At the same time, the incidence rate of tuberculosis in Romania is the highest in WHO Europe, with 101.02 new cases per 100,000 people in 2008. The incidence rate of syphilis stands at 18.67 per 100,000 people, a value that is five times higher than the EU average.

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