Min Ritli: Health insurance must be adapted to seniors

The health insurance system needs to get adapted to the senior citizen population in the first place, given their number being on the rise, Health Minister Ritli Ladislau said yesterday, having attended the Romanian Health Forum organised by MEDIAFAX and the National Health Insurance House (CNSAS). Also, the minister announced that the health budget for 2012 will be built for the entire year and won’t rely on adjustments. Referring to the birth rate in Romania, Ritli said this is a social, not a medical issue. “You must entice people to have children through legislative measures including easier access to jobs, a home, a decent salary, proper caring for the newly-born,” the minister said, who added that birth rate is nearly half or two-thirds of what had been 20 years ago.

In his turn, CNSAS President Lucian Duta said health arrears will come to an end once the private health insurance houses enter the market. For his part, Cristian Vladescu, director of the National School of Public Health and Sanitary Management, estimated that, in 2013, Romania will have up to 20 health insurance houses in 2013, with a user base of  a minimum of 1 M. The CNSAS president also announced that all the oncologic medicine bills have been paid, and the RON 200 M required for the diabetes programme will be transferred in three weeks at he latest,

His adviser, Marius Stupu, said that the health card project, electronic prescription and health records will be implemented exclusively by the National Health Insurance House. Referring to the electronic health records, the CNSAS adviser said that it will be confined, in a first phase, to general practitioners and the top 50 best computer-equipped hospitals, with efforts being made for this process to benefit from EU funds.

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