A large part of Romanians would rather be treated in private clinics, according to the latest report of IMAS Marketing and Surveys.
Thus, 44 percent of Romanians prefer private clinics, 51 percent would go to state units and 5 percent abstained from answering. In Bucharest, 52 percent of inhabitants would rather be treated in a private clinic.
People who prefer private centers are aged between 18 and 44 and come from small and average sized towns with over 50,000 inhabitants, have attended higher education and have a good social status, with revenues over RON 750.
However, the number of Romanians who go to the doctor annually is still very low: 20 percent of the people who were interviewed say they go to the doctor only once a year. Approximately 30 percent go to the doctor 2-3 times a year while 29 percent go to the doctor 5-6 times or even more. Of the people who were questioned, 13 percent never go to the doctor throughout the year.
In Bucharest, people take care of their health more, since 40 percent of the population in the capital goes to the doctor 5-6 times or even more while in the rest of the country only 30 percent do that.
The survey was carried out in September 2010 on a sample of more than 1,000 people, with an error margin of 3 percent.