Danubius International Conferences, 6th International Conference on European Integration - Realities and Perspectives

Crisis and Renewal: welfare state, democracy and equality in Romania

Cristinela Ionela Velicu
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Date: 2011-05-13 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM
Last modified: 2011-05-10



The analysis of health care lobbyists and their influence in the construction of public policy should focus our attention on conflict of interests and its influence on causes and effects of receiving attention (amounts of money and other gifts) as a brake on reform of the health domain. Thus, we want to illustrate some possible causes and effects of informal payment system. This study aims to answer research questions to determine possible causes and effects of receiving attention in the public health system in Romania. Public health system must provide unrestricted access to all citizens, its purpose is not only to heal, but to prevent diseases.  It's supposed necessarily to be a competitive system, but doctor's order is not to be a rationally actor  and maximize revenue, but the status and ensure quality services through its code of conduct regulated by a organic law.

In terms of informal payments in the case study I follow   the next research questions:

       How widespread is this practice in the health system and what form it takes? 

       Do economic crisis affect the healthcare payments?

       What is the motivation of doctors to charge such payments?

       Do informal payments constitute corruption?

       How consistent are these payments represent a genre of public funds?

        Can be materialized a framework law to formalize these payments?

        How open are patients to accept their rules as co-payments?

       Can be assigned to receive informal payments not covered by legislation as receiving unfair advantage?


       Accelerate efforts to help access, train and place international medical graduates who wish to work in Romania, with a special focus on family medicine.