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Perpetual Transitions in Romanian Healthcare

  • Luiza Spiru
  • Răzvan Ioan Traşcu
  • Ileana Turcu
  • Mircea Mărzan
Chapter
Part of the Advances in Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine book series (APPPM, volume 1)

Abstract

Although Romania has a long-lasting tradition in organized medical healthcare, in the last two decades the Romanian healthcare system has been undergoing a perpetual transition with negative effects on all parties involved. The lack of long-term strategic vision, the implementation of initiatives without any impact studies, hence the constant short-term approach from the policy makers, combined with the “inherited” low allocation from GDP to the healthcare system have contributed significantly to its current evolution. Currently, most measures taken are of the “fire-fighting” type, rather than looking to the broader, long time perspective. There should be no wonder then, that predictive and preventive services do not get the proper attention and support. Patient and physicians should step in and take action in regulating a system that was originally designed for them. But until this happens, the organizations with leadership skills and vision need to take action – and this has already started.

Keywords

Healthcare system Predictive diagnostics Prevention Personalized medicine Brain aging Public health 

Abbreviations

GDP

Gross Domestic Product

NHIH

National Health Insurance House

MoH

Ministry of Health

PPPM

Preventive Predictive and Personalized Medicine

RCoP

Romanian College of Physicians

PNESS

the National Program for Evaluating the Health Status of Romanians (Programul National de Evaluare a Starii de Sanatate)

FNUASS

the National Fund for Social and Health Insurance (Fondul National Unitar de Asigurari Sociale si de Sanatate)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luiza Spiru
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Răzvan Ioan Traşcu
    • 4
    • 5
  • Ileana Turcu
    • 4
  • Mircea Mărzan
    • 4
  1. 1.Geriatrics, Gerontology, Old Age Psychiatry“Carol Davila” University of Medicine and PharmacyBucharestRomania
  2. 2.“Ana Aslan” International Academy of AgingBucharestRomania
  3. 3.“Ana Aslan” International Foundation, EPMA National Representative for RomaniaBucharest, Sector 5Romania
  4. 4.“Ana Aslan” International FoundationBucharestRomania
  5. 5.Development, Research and Strategic Planning DepartmentRomanian College of Physicians in BucharestBucharestRomania

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