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5.2% of the Romanians diagnosed with cancer at some point of their life, study. Perception on state vs private hospitals

5.2% of the Romanians diagnosed with cancer at some point of their life, study. Perception on state vs private hospitals

Over 5 percent of the Romania has been diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime, while over 21 percent had at least one member of the family suffering of cancer, reveals a study conducted by IMAS and InoMed – Centre for Innovation in Medicine during April 1-20. One in four Romanians has a cancer experience, the study sums up.

The results show that cancer has a tough perception in Romania, as 45% of the respondents consider that a cancer diagnostic leads to death.

75% of the Romanians think that it takes too much for a newly discovered medicine to reach the patients with cancer in Romania, while only 1% consider that authorities would represent the main support if they were diagnosed with cancer.

Overall, 5.2% respondents say they have been diagnosed with a type of cancer, which correspond to 840,000 people. Another 21.1% admit they had a member of their close family diagnosed with cancer, which points to 3.34 millions of Romanians.

The main fear related to cancer is that the disease cannot be cured (26.6%), followed by the lack of the efficient treatment (7.4%), the unavailability of treatment in Romania (7.1%), the money shortage (5.8%), plus the disease itself with all that is involved (7.6%).

The study’s data also show that 65% of the Romanians, regardless if they have been diagnosed with cancer or not, consider that the Romanian state doesn’t provide an adequate treatment for the patients with cancer. At the same time, 75% of the respondents consider that it takes too long for a new medicine to arrive in Romania.

At the moment, the Romanian patients with cancer have free access at less than 15% of the medicines approved by the European Medicini Agency, during 2006-2015,” said dr. Marius Geantă, the head of the Centre for Innovation in Medicine.

IMAS also surveyed the Romanians’ perception on the national public and private hospitals, their confidence in doctors and the main challenges of the system.

Therefore, the study reveals that the private hospitals in Romanian and the doctors working there are topping the patients’ confidence chart while the public state hospitals are at the bottom of the ranking.

66% of the respondents have much and very much faith in the Romanian doctors, while 65% have confidence in the private hospitals and only 35% trust the public hospitals, way behind the pharmaceutical companies, the Doctors’ College, the National Health Insurance House and the Health Ministry.

The study also unveils that the main problem that the medical system is facing in Romania is corruption and bribe (20.7%). Another 19% say the healthcare system is mainly facing the lack of equipment and the old technology, while 12.8% see the low wages of the medical staff as the biggest problem.

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