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Financing medical services in Romania’s health system

Tatiana Bogdan
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Tatiana Bogdan: “Lucian Blaga” University, Sibiu, Romania

Theoretical and Applied Economics, 2017, vol. XXIV, issue Special, 7-16

Abstract: In Romania, the financing of health services is hierarchical: the state budget law establishes the maximum levels of payments that cannot be overcome and are distributed to the health insurance houses according to historical allocations and estimated spending needs. This paper examines the developments of the main healthcare services, funded by the Romanian health insurance system, in the last nine years, observing the volume and the cost of services and noting the impact of measures taken by the policy makers. Thus, in the analyzed period, the priorities pursued in the healthcare system were the costs’ control and rationalization, the quality of the services and the access to these being secondary concerns. In conclusion, the Romanian health system requires a program to improve the quality of healthcare services in order to increase the patients’ satisfaction and to streamline the spending in the health system.

Keywords: health system; medical services; financing; analysis; cost control. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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