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Health care costs 2008 Update and perspective on public health

D. Cosmescu, V.A. Voicu, A.O. Berea
Abstract: The article provides a quick review of the healthcare costs in Romania, for the 2004-2008 period, with a further interpretation of possible evolution of spenditure components. Although the funding of public healthcare system has been increased, the current economic and fi nancial context imposes a profound analysis of underlying mechanisms. The economic recession introduce supplementary pressure on healthcare providers by reduced fi nancing and increased number of uninsured and underinsured persons, imposing reforms and costs restructuring.

Keywords: healthcare costs, public health, Romania


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