Supply vs. demand for health services on the Romanian market – An in-depth analysis – MediHelp International Press Release 30.01.2014
A study made by the National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development in Bucharest shows that a number of demographic and health indicators analyzed for healthcare needs assessment reveal disturbing aspects of the demographic situation, health of population and utilization of services in Romania.
The study reveals the following:
Demand for the health services is increasing, some services being more and more requested by the population (e.g.: cardiology, oncology, socio-medical care);
the actual health services system, organization, and functioning is not adequate and sustainable for supplying efficient medico-social integrated services, at home or in different institutions;
supply of health services is affected by the under-funded system and the arbitrary allocation of funds between different types of medical care;
the main causes of death between the years 2004 – 2009 were cardiovascular diseases and tumors (cardiovascular disease mortality was higher along the whole period in women than in men, while the tumors had higher values for men);
the number of beneficiaries of home health services reimbursed by insurance funds in mid – 2009 was quite low compared with those of other services.
The standard of health in various groups of the population suggests different needs, while various indicators for access to healthcare confirm the increase in demand for specific types of medical services.
“Accessibility to medical care is determined by the correlation between supply and demand for services, or between the actual availability of care facilities compared with the demand based on a real need for health services. Our private health insurance packages provide all our insured clients the right to the best treatment all over the world.” says Zahal Levy, the President of MediHelp International.