Minister of Public Health resigned but under-financing of the system is still in place

Newsroom 11/08/2011 | 12:52

Attila Cseke, minister of Public Health, resigned on August 4, motivated by the constant underfunding of the public healthcare system and due to lack of communication between the Government and the Health Ministry. Cseke argued that the RON 300 million received in the recent budget revision were insufficient, although the government pledged a further RON 150 million on the basis that reforms are implemented.

Cseke also highlighted the issue of fund management, as two institutions receive funds from the Government in disproportionate ratios. The Public Health Ministry manages 15 percent of the health budget, while the Health Insurance Agency controls 85 percent of the funds.     

The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), which proposed Cseke Atilla for the ministerial position, hasn’t mentioned a replacement yet. The deadline is August 19, but UDMR members have already voiced concerns regarding the lack of funding in the healthcare system, and are cautiously planning whether they will make another proposition.  

Ovidiu Posirca

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