275 hospitals rated, most of them on the verge of under-financing or closing

The process of hospital evaluation will be completed, next week, the Health Minister, Cseke Attila, stated, yesterday, adding that 80 per cent of the medical units in the country, respectively, 275, had been evaluated so far and most of them had rated as fourth or fifth category, facing the risk of under-financing or even shutdown.

“The rating of healthcare units based on competence was completed in 45 pc of the counties in Romania. Thus, in 19 counties, respectively, Braila, Bistrita Nasaud, Buzau, Bihor, Calarasi, Covasna, Dambovita, Ialomita, Harghita, Giurgiu, Maramures, Olt, Satu-Mare, Sibiu, Teleorman, Vaslui, Valcea, Neamt and Salaj, all the medical units under the authority of the Health Ministry and of local administrations were rated,” the minister argued. At a national level, only five hospitals were rated as “first class”, in terms of competence, which entitles them to the highest financing: the Bucharest University Emergency Hospital, the Bucharest Floreasca Emergency Hospital, the Timisoara County Emergency Hospital, the Targu Mures County Emergency Hospital and the “Sfantul Spiridon” County Emergency Hospital in Iasi. However, even these units risk a demotion, unless they fill in the specialties in which they are deficient by the end of the year.

“The target of this conformity plan is for hospitals to rise to the first class standards. We won’t accept, as alternative measures to meet this target, the set up of parallel bodies. If, in a town, there is a pulmonology hospital, and the county hospital does not have such a section, the solution is merging the two and not creating a new section, that is, doubling specialties,” the minister explained, quoted by Mediafax.

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