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EPMA J. 2011 Dec;2(4):341-50. doi: 10.1007/s13167-011-0135-5. Epub 2011 Dec 21.

Perpetual transitions in Romanian healthcare.

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"Carol Davila" University of Medicine and Pharmacy-Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania ; "Ana Aslan" International Academy of Aging, Bucharest, Romania ; "Ana Aslan" International Foundation, P-ta Mihail Kogalniceanu Nr.1, Apt.17, Sector 5, Bucharest, Romania.


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.

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