The Ministry of Health modified legislation regarding treatment abroad for patients suffering from very severe conditions, which cannot be treated in the country.
The Ministry of Health’s Order 1011/2011 creates, in premiere, the legislative frame for correspondence between the clinics recommended by the competent specialized commission and the patients or their legal representatives. Up to now, only the public health authorities were entitled to engage in such a correspondence. At the same time, the patient is under obligation to see, within 14 work days or every time he/she has an appointment, the specialized physician who referred the patient to treatment abroad, for an evaluation of his/her condition following the treatment in a clinic abroad.
The specialized physician who recommended a treatment abroad is also under the obligation to draft a medical report evaluating the patient’s health one year after the first examination, to be remitted to the public health authority.
Public health authorities have the obligation to post and update, on a regular basis, information regarding the number of applications for treatment abroad and their progress in solving the applications.
The Ministry of Health’s commission which approves funding for the applications filed will convene twice a month, compared to one monthly meeting, as stipulated up to now. In 2011, the Ministry’s Free Program for treatment abroad was allotted a RON 29 M-budget, approx. RON 3 M above last year’s budget. The program is aimed at providing medical assistance in cases which cannot be treated by the medical units in Romania.