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According to the World Health Organization, the health profile of Romania shows concerning figures for a number of adult medical risk factors such as raised blood pressure, tobacco use, prevalence of tuberculosis or maternal mortality rate, which have higher values than the regional average.
In addition, Romania is facing an alarming situation when it comes to raised blood pressure in people, over 25. 39% of the male population suffer from this problem, 6 per cent more than the regional average. The discrepancy in the female population is even higher (7.3 per cent), with 32.9% of Romanian women suffering from raised blood pressure. A reason for these concerning numbers might be that 46% of Romanians smoke.
Compared to other countries, Romania is also struggling with the prevalence of tuberculosis. 145 in 100,000 inhabitants suffer from this illness, while the regional average is only 56 in 100,000 inhabitants. Another unpleasant ratio is that of maternal mortality: 27 in 100,000 mothers die giving birth, almost 25% more than the regional average.
” There are a lot of gaps in the healthcare system in Romania, but people should keep up to date and acknowledge that there are alternatives. If we take a look at this study we can see that most of these issues are preventable and in many cases, treatable. The private health insurance with international coverage works as a safety net and offers Romanians the opportunity to obtain medical consultation, treatment and surgery if needed, in other countries with more improved medical systems.” says Alida Coman, Marketing & PR Coordinator for MediHelp International.
Worse still, Romania lacks medical staff, with only 23.9 physicians and 54.6 nurses per 10,000 citizens. The regional average in this domain is 33.3 for physicians and 82.1 for nurses per 10.000 citizens.
All of these shortages in the Romanian public health sector lead to an increase of 14% on adult mortality rate and a life expectancy 2 years shorter in comparison to the European average with 183 men and 81 women facing the probability of dying between 15 and 60 years per 1000 inhabitants.