The introduction of co-payment in the Romanian health system was postponed by the Government till further notice. The co-payment was one of the agreements struck by the Romanian government with the IMF, the European Committee and the World Bank.
The postponement was adopted in consensus with the IMF. â€œThe co-payment will be negotiated with the patients association and the professional associations. The law decrees that the co-payment will be set after negotiations. A majority of the patients association resist such a measure. The implementation of co-payment will probably take a long time.
Negotiations will begin next week. In earlier discussions, the co-payment measure was to be implemented in the fall, but now we canâ€™t set a date until negotiations are made,â€ stated Health Minister Vasile Cepoi.
How much will the patients have to pay:
In the beginning of August, the Health Officials left open to public discussions a project stating that the ensured population will have to accept a co-payment for medical services provided in hospitals. So, for medical services provided in a hospital category I the co-payment would be 60Ron per day, 50Ron for a II category hospital, 40 Ron for a III category hospital, 30 for the IV category hospital and 20 for a V category hospital and for unclassifiable hospitals.
The minimum co-payment per consultation performed by a medic without a professional rank and with specialist professional rank is 4 Ron and the highest per consultation for a consultant is 5 Ron.
In the case of ambulatory medical assistance, co-payment taxes for medical consultations range between 5-7 Ron. For high investigations such as the co-payment prices are as follow: MRI â€“ 150Ron, MRI with contrast substances 250Ron, CTâ€™s 100 Ron, CTâ€™s with contrast substances 150 Ron.
Social Categories exempt from co-payment:
Exempt from co-payment are children under 18, children between 18-26 if they are students, the sick people included in the national health programs established by the Health Ministry, the unemployed, the retired with pensions under 740 Ron/Month, pregnant women.