Romanians oppose healthcare co-pay

Over half of Romanians oppose the introduction of healthcare lump-sum co-payment of maximum RON 10 as of March, according to s survey ordered by the Aspen Romania Institute. The survey shows that 68 per cent of the interviewed people say the introduction of co-pay for hospital services is not going to have a significant impact on the quality of services provided. Moreover, 78 per cent of Romanians disapprove of the intention of the Ministry of Health to reduce the suite of medicals services provide free of charge under compulsory health insurance coverage, one of the consequences of the introduction of the basic package of services. Asked about their confidence in medical institutions, 88 per cent of the respondents said they trust SMURD and 75 per cent – private medical care providers. The three most appreciated public hospitals in Bucharest are the Bucharest University Hospital, the Central Military Hospital and Floreasca Emergency Hospital.

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