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January 18, 2022

Poll: Romanians are afraid of doctors, think they are healthy

By    Adina Popescu

The all too high costs, scarce resources, lack of basic medicines, obsolete technology, incompetent and corrupt doctors, lack of staff are the main challenges faced by the health system, according to an IMAS poll made public yesterday. However, Romanians are upbeat about their health, with 60 pc of the polled saying they are in good health. Nearly 56 pc of Romanian perceive their health as good or very good. Only 5 pc of the respondents say they are in excellent health. Men, the youth and men hold an optimistic view about their health, while women, older persons and the less educated see their health as “precarious”, according to the  conclusions of the study “Romanians’ attitude towards health”. Nonetheless, Roma­nians are afraid of cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks, and nearly 4 pc are concerned about oncology diseases. According to the National Institute of Statistics, at over 60 pc, cardiovascular diseases indeed are the number one killer diseases of Romanians, while cancer ranks second with 18 pc.

Doctors’ exodus

Almost 2,000 doctors have left Romania in the last year for better jobs in the EU countries, leaving many specialties vacant, said yesterday the president of Romanian Doctors’ Guild (CMR), Vasile Astarastoae, at the General Assembly of  CMR.  According to him, 6,000 Romanians doctors are practicing in France. Asta­rastoae also warned that Romania ranks last in the EU on drug’s consumption and has the highest rate of morbidity in Europe. Health minister, Ritli Ladislau agreed that doctors’ exodus is a real fact. “It is an alarming fact and we must look for solutions together with Romanian Doctors’ Guild and other bodies”, the minister said, quoted by Mediafax.

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