Public healthcare in Albania suffers from serious deficiencies.
By Erl Murati for Southeast European Times in Tirana -- 24/01/12
Health care in Albania has the lowest budget in the region. [Reuters]
In 2011, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime published a report on bribery in the country. The findings indicated that "in many cases bribes are paid to facilitate bureaucratic procedures … 70% of citizens who participate in a bribery act do so to receive better treatment."
More than 70% of citizens who pay bribes pay them to doctors, while almost 50% bribe nurses, the report said.
The results of the Albanian Institute of Statistics questionnaire on corruption from November 2011 shows that the healthcare sector is the most corrupt in the country.
"We buy medicines with our money, although I have been paying social insurance my entire life. Rooms are congested and the diagnosis is always delayed because of lack of equipment," says Gezim Ismaili, 55, a patient at the cardiology unit at Hospital 1 in Tirana.
Ismaili waited ten days to have a magnetic resonance exam, though his name had been on the hospital list for the exam for weeks.
"They tell us we have to wait months because there are so many requests [for exams]. In Albanian hospitals you can come in healthy and come out of a hospital sick," Ismaili told SETimes.
In August 2011, the World Bank office in Tirana cancelled $1.1m in funding to purchase hospital equipment after the Bank said that the health ministry's organisation of the tender was in breach of its rules.
The ministry's Management Politics head, Pellumb Pipero, says citizens are partly responsible for the declining healthcare situation in Albania.
"Only 25% to 30% of population pays healthcare insurance -- the state is still the biggest donor to the system. Our citizens think that health is not a 'product' needing maintenance, therefore, ordinarily they don't pay for it," Pipero told SETimes.
With 2.1% of the country's GDP earmarked for health care, Albania has the lowest health care budget in the region.
"Citizens must be aware of their obligations. The health insurance contribution is only 3.4% of the average salary," Pipero told SETimes.
Vor einigen Monaten wurden etliche Ärzte verhaftet, welche inflagranti mit Bestechungsgeld erwischt wurden. Natürlich kommen diese Leute frei, bezahlen an korrupte Richter und Staatsanwälte etwas und schon ist man unschuldig. Das plündern der Ausländischen Hilfen, Geräte (für eigene Kliniken), Machenschaften mit Apothekern u.a. wo Ärzte zugleich, Medikamente stahlen und über Apotheken vertrieben, ist eine Legende.
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Mit gefälschten Albanischen Geheimdienst Ausweisen und Dokumenten, wurde ein Albaner in Italien verhaftet
Italy, caught the albanian of secret services
Transmetuar më 16.02.2012 17:57
Milano, 16 February, NOA - Police of Milano in Italy, put in the handcuffing a drugs trafficker from Albania, which during the search by police, showed a forged document claiming that belonged to the Albanian Secret Service.
As informs news agency NOA.al, this event occurred as police stopped his car, where was accompanied by another albanian.
Shortly after this, police searched their documents and discovered the false identity of albanian "spy", which hides behind him, the 43 years old, Lulzim Cyrlia, where by the verifications, showed that he was with others criminal precedents.
Police’s officers set so checking in his apartment, where he lived with his wife and son…