Bulgaria Provides One of the Worst Healthcare in Europe

Healthcare in Bulgaria is one of the worst in Europe, according to a survey by the Swedish organization “Health Consumer Powerhouse”. In their “Euro health index for 2017” report, the organization emphasizes that the European healthcare is steadily improving - infant mortality and survival rates of heart disease, stroke, and cancer are all moving in the right direction. Patient choice and involvement are developing. Still many countries stick to inefficient ways to fund and deliver care services.

Bulgaria ranks 33th out of 34 European countries where health systems are being studied. The organization's report states that Bulgaria made a remarkable improvement between 2012 and 2013 by the power of patient organizations in 2013, giving much more feedback that is positive on survey questions on EHCI sub-discipline Accessibility. “Such an improvement is very difficult to achieve if it is not the result of a system reform such as the FYROM booking/referral system. Unfortunately, Bulgaria loses points on Outcomes and Range & Reach of HC Services”.

Greece ranks just before Bulgaria, and last in the ranking is Romania. The organization also notes that Albania, Romania, and Bulgaria are suffering from an antiquated healthcare structure, with a high and costly ratio of in-patient care over outpatient care.

 

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Leaders in the ranking are The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Denmark.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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