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Monday, 23 September 2019

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's working visit to the United States of America


Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the American Jewish Committee (AJC)’s leadership


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), in the context of her working visit to the United States

 During the talks, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance that the Strategic Partnership with the United States has for Romania, as well as our country's attachment to the partnership with the State of Israel. At the same time, Prime Minister highlighted Romania's strong support for a robust transatlantic relationship, as an essential prerequisite for ensuring common security and prosperity.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reaffirmed Romania's commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism, xenophobia and any other form of intolerance, this being a priority of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council. In this context, the Head of the Executive mentioned the events subsumed to this topic, held in Brussels and Bucharest during Romania’s tenure at the helm of the EU Council.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also presented the actions of the Romanian Government aimed at preserving the memory of the Holocaust and combating negationism, mentioning, among them, the opening of a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Bucharest, but also the development of Holocaust study programs.

Representatives of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) leadership appreciated that the first event organized by PRES RO 2019, in Brussels, was devoted to the fight against anti-Semitism. They appreciated the measures of the Romania Government regarding the opening of a National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust and the importance our country attaches to the promotion of Holocaust education at the level of the entire Romanian society.


Romania will improve primary and preventive healthcare services, with the help of the World Bank


Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had today, in New York, in the context of the working visit to the United States, a meeting with the World Bank representatives, at the end of which, it was signed the Agreement on increasing citizens’ access to primary healthcare services and promoting preventive medical services, especially in less developed areas. The program is also intended to increase access to medical services provided by family doctors and to improve the efficiency of healthcare spending.

The EUR 500 million loan agreement was signed by the Romanian Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, and the World Bank country manager for Romania and Hungary Tatiana Proskuryakova.

"It is a program that will benefit the patients, as it will increase funding for family and community medicine, including by endowing the medical offices with advanced equipment and training primary healthcare staff. Thus, citizens from isolated or more difficult to reach areas will have easier access to health services, in order to be diagnosed in the early stages, get the correct treatment and better care”, highlighted Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă.

The results-based health program, to be first implemented in Romania, will encourage this field to focus more on the patient.

The program comprises three main objectives:

improving coverage with primary healthcare services for the under-served population, by strengthening community healthcare and extending the basic services package in primary healthcare for uninsured vulnerable people;

reorienting the medical system, now centered on the hospital, towards efficient primary healthcare, by diversifying the package of primary healthcare services and improving payment mechanisms. De minimis aid scheme will also be implemented for family doctors’ offices;

increasing spending efficiency in the healthcare sector by addressing critical aspects related to costs.

"The agreement focuses on result delivery in the healthcare sector and endorses the Government’s initiatives to bring major changes in the medical assistance provision, especially in rural communities”, stated the Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici. "By attaining the targeted objectives, we expect this to become a success story in the Region and a point of departure for future similar projects”.

"This program will help us guarantee what we want for a long time: equal access for all citizens to medical services” stated Health Minister Sorina Pintea. "The National Health Strategy will also improve the way public money invested in the healthcare system is being spent."

"Despite progress in healthcare, the death rate in Romania which could be prevented by access to medical care is among the highest in the EU, especially among the poorest population, and there is now this opportunity to improve these results" stated the World Bank country manager for Romania and Hungary Tatiana Proskuryakova. "We appreciate the efforts made by the current Government as well as the commitment it undertook to provide a more balanced and integrated healthcare system".

The loan was approved at the World Bank Group Board of Directors meeting held on September 17 in Washington, DC. It will finance the governmental program, attract EU funding for the implementation of the activities required for the proposed indicators, and provide technical assistance. The loan was negotiated by the World Bank and the Romanian Finance Ministry within the framework of the 2019-2023 Country Strategic Partnership.

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