One in ten Romanians has a private medical subscription, survey shows

Newsroom 28/09/2011 | 15:37

Three quarters of Romanians take examinations or medical investigations once a year or less, while 1 percent are doing monthly check ups, revealed an online survey conducted by Mercury Research in 2011. Only 12 percent of Romanians over the age of 18 are subscribed to a private medical clinic, while 15 percent have a private health insurance.

Visits to the general practitioner/specialist/dentist
Most respondents visit their general practitioner at least once a year. The specialist doctor is visited by 62 percent of the respondents once a year or less. About 55 percent of the respondents go to the dentist once a year or less, while only 2 percent go on a monthly visit.

Private medical clinic
In Bucharest, over 26 percent of the people have a subscription to a private clinic, while the national average is 12 percent. At a national level, over 69 percent of the respondents mentioned that the employer is paying for their private subscription. 26 percent of those who didn’t owe a subscription stated their intention to acquire one.

Private health care insurance
The private insurance is paid by 67 percent of respondents from their income, while for 30 percent the employers supports this cost. The average annual sum paid to the private insurer reached RON 1000. Regarding the insurers, 30 percent chose ING, 9 percent have a premium from AIG Life, while 7 percent got Omniasig.

The insurance system
77 percent of the respondents consider that seniors should not pay for a healthcare insurance, while 8 percent answered that minors and children should be covered, even if their parents don’t pay insurance. However, 55 percent consider that the health care insurance should become a mandatory tax for everyone. Almost three out of ten Romanians consider that the insurance should be paid only by those who want to be covered, while those who aren’t paying to be denied the access to healthcare services.

The survey involved 300 respondents and is representative for the Internet user over the age of 18. The error of the sample is +-5.6 percent.

Mercury Research is the largest independent market research company in Romania.

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