Romanians trust doctors, but not public hospitals, study shows

Newsroom 31/05/2016 | 17:41

A study carried out by IMAS and the Medical Innovation Centre revealed that 66 percent of respondents trust Romanian doctors much and very much, while private hospitals enjoy a similar level of confidence (65 percent).

At the same time, public hospitals lag behind with a 35 percent confidence rate, lower than Romanian pharmaceuticals companies, the Doctors’ College, the National Healthcare Insurance House and the Health Ministry.

When it comes to the main problems in the healthcare system, corruption and bribery was selected by 20.7 percent of respondents, the absence of medical equipment or the existence of obsolete equipment by 19 percent, while 12.8 percent see low wages of the healthcare staff as the biggest problem facing the healthcare system.

According to the study, called “Perceptions of and attitudes toward cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment,” 74 percent of respondents stated they totally or to a great extend agree that cancer is curable, while 84 percent were convinced that certain types of cancer can be detected in early stages.

On the other hand, the main worry of 26.6 percent of the respondents related to cancer is there is no treatment for it or it cannot be cured, while 45 percent believe that a cancer diagnosis will lead to death.

As many as 75 percent of the respondents say it takes too long a time for newly discovered medicines to reach Romania.

The report shows that 5.2 percent of Romanians (840,000) have been diagnosed with cancer, while 3.4 million people (21.1 percent) have had a close relative diagnosed.

The Ministry of Health recently announced that the National Integrated Multiannual Plan for Cancer Control for 2016-2020 will be launched in June, with the aim of bringing new strategies that are in line with European cancer care targets.

Natalia Martian

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