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Stigma and Discrimination against Rroma Patients in the Romanian Healthcare System

Rodica Gramma (), Angela Enache (), Gabriel Roman (), Andrada Parvu (), Silvia Dumitras (), Catalin Iov () and Beatrice Ioan ()
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Rodica Gramma: MD, PhD, Associate Professor, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemiţanu”, Chişinău, Republic of Moldova;
Angela Enache: MD, PhD, Dept. of Epidemiology, Hospital of Paşcani, Romania;
Gabriel Roman: Pr., PhD, Moldavian Metropolitan Church, Iaşi, Romania;
Andrada Parvu: MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Discipline of Hematology, “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
Silvia Dumitras: MD, PhD, „Sf. Maria” Children’s Hospital, Iaşi, Romania;
Catalin Iov: Eng., PhD, MA in Bioethics, TRIAS Microelectronics, Iasi, ROMANIA;
Beatrice Ioan: MD, PhD, MA in Bioethics, Associate Professor, Discipline of Legal Medicine, Medical Deontology and Bioethics, ”Grigore T.Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iaşi, Romania;

Postmodern Openings, 2013, vol. 4, issue 4, 51-65

Abstract: Stereotyping is a phenomenon often met in society and it is manifested by stigmatization and discrimination. This phenomenon gains a deeply negative character when it is manifested in providing healthcare to some groups of people, races, and ethnicities. This paper is based on data obtained during a qualitative research aimed to correlate the necessity of the end-of-life care of a Rroma patient with Rroma traditions and the existing politics and services in the Romanian healthcare system. Our research was based on 48 interviews, conducted on chronic ill persons and caregivers, in Rroma communities from two regions of Romania health services. All these have a significant influence on the dignity of the Rroma patients and finally represent a serious violation of human rights, in particular of the right to non-discrimination.

Keywords: Rroma patient; Romanian healthcare system; access; quality; stigmatization and discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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