Kosovo: Healthcare system has many problems

Kosovo: Healthcare system has many problems

Pristina, 8 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The report “Recommendations of policies for healthcare system in the Republic of Kosovo” was published today in Pristina.

The report says that Kosovo’s healthcare system faces several challenges that prevent it from offering a quality service for patients.

Julie Coleman of the Center for Research, Documentation and Publication, said during the presentation that Kosovo’s financial sources are restricted and that less is spent on healthcare.

She said that like in any other sector, even in the healthcare system there is corruption and that bribery is needed to obtain good service.

“Unfortunately, only 15% of the population is in the healthcare insurance fund, while the rest is obliged to pay from their own pockets”, said Coleman. According to her, patients are obliged to spend for treatment abroad and that the amount that they spent on an annual basis for this service abroad is 80 million euros.

Besa Kabashi of the Center for Research, Documentation and Publication said that public healthcare is not a good one and that several recommendations have been addressed on this, in order to avoid problems in the healthcare system.

Kabashi has asked from health authorities to take these findings seriously, in order to avoid problems with healthcare.

Deputy Minister of Health, Izet Sadiku said that the healthcare system is a priority of the government and that investments have been made for better healthcare services. /balkaneu.com/