After President Traian Basescu requested that the arrears for free and compensated drugs stop being paid, arguing that “no dime should be paid” until the drug-purchase system, in hospitals and via pharmacies, is regulated, Prime Minister Emil Boc announced, yesterday, that an analysis of all the arrears across the economy, including those in the healthcare system, was being conducted.
“The important thing is that prevention mechanisms, the mechanisms preventing the accumulation of arrears, start operating,” Boc argued. Starting from the warning in the EC report regarding problems in acquisitions, the head of state argued there were serious irregularities in Romania as far as drug-purchases are concerned. “It may be the lobby of drug-providers is so aggressive that no one manages to put an end to this madness of arrears collected from drug-purchases,” Basescu argued.
The representatives of the opposition were quick to criticize his statements. The spokesperson for the Social-Democrat Party (PSD)’s departments, Olguta Vasilescu, qualified the president’s intervention as “a folly” and a severe violation of the rule of law, while the National Liberal Party (PNL) announced, in a release, that president Basescu’s action was reckless and could have serious repercussions on the Romanian healthcare system.