Bucharest, 21st February 2013: In a country where everyday news presents cases of people dying or suffering in hospitals from misdiagnosis or wrong treatment, as well as lack of basic medication and equipment, Romanians still take little or no action for having their patient rights respected.
Between 2006-2011, the Discipline Commission of the Romanian Medical Doctors’ Board had to analyze 725 cases in which 916 doctors were accused of malpractice; out of this number, 198 werepenalized. The number of doctors reported to the Romanian Medical Doctors’ Board escalated from 112 in 2006 to 187 in 2011. Out of these, only 11 received interdiction to practice medicine.
At the same time in one of the most developed countries in the EU in terms of health system, United Kingdom, more than 8.500 doctors were reported for medical errors. This only proves that Romanians still lack proper patient rights education and need to develop their habit of asking for justice in a very sick healthcare system.
The larger number of medical errors in the UK versus Romania only proves that Western Europeans are more educated in the area of their health rights and also have the proper legal mechanisms at hand. Opposite to this, Romanians still do not have a well-developed legal frame which would enable them to easily claim their own rights.
“The health culture and social rights education have always been a challenge in Romaniaand we are constantly working in this direction. We promote prevention and protection and offer our customers health insurance plans that provide them access to the best medical facilities in the world. In all Western countries, the level of health education of the population has determined the growth of the market and this is the main goal we hope to reach in Romania as well”, says Zahal Levy, President of MediHelp International, one of the leading private health insurance providers in CEE.
The private health insurance system, which offers liberty of choice and access to international medical care, is a valid alternative for responding to Romanians’ need for quality medical care. Nowadays, all citizens can access a private health insurance plan with just11 euros/month and receive hospitalization at the best facilities in Europe or around the world.