The European Health Consumer Index (EHCI ) has classified Albania in the red zone of the European map concerning the national problems of the health system.
In fact, the index reveals that Albania has very limited sources of health care: moreover, Albanians go to the doctor only and exclusively when they are in serious health conditions.
Albania, Romania and Bulgaria suffer from one obsolete healthcare facility, with a high and expensive percentage of outpatient care per citizen, says the publication. Beyond all this, according to the values of national and international data processed by the WHO - via Global Health Data Albania - Albania has the highest percentage of disease in the Balkan area and at the same time has the lowest number of doctors per inhabitants.
According to the EHCI Albania has 130 doctors every 100.000 inhabitants, the lowest value in the 35 European countries examined by the institute. In contrast, Greece has the highest number of doctors with 620 doctors every 100.000 inhabitants.
Furthermore, Albania also has the lowest value as regards purchasing power for medical services with around 600 dollars per citizen per year; far away from the countries with the highest purchasing power such as Switzerland, Luxembourg and Norway (6000 dollars per year).
From the 2008 to the 2016 in all the countries examined there has been an increase in the average daily number of medical examinations: on the whole, we have moved from 7,2% of 2008 to 10,8% of 2016.
Albania was included in the EHCI at the request of the Albanian health ministry.
Albania, as can be seen in the 4.1 section of the Publication Euro Health Consumer Index 2017, has very limited health resources. The country avoids ending last thanks to a strong performance on Access, where also the 2017 patient organizations have confirmed the official version of the ministry according to which waiting times are a minor problem.
The ministry's explanation was that "the Albanians are very difficult, who go to the doctor only when they are transported there", Ie underutilization of the health system. This is an oversimplification; Albanians visit their primary care physician more than twice as many Swedes (3,9 visits a year against 1,7)
The brain drain
The low number of doctors per inhabitant is one of the consequences of the new one emigration phenomenon which is affecting Albania in recent years. In this context also the 'brain drain'which is damaging above all the medical field: in the last three years, in fact, Albanian doctors emigrated abroad are well 600, well 167 in 2017.
Replacing them is becoming a big problem as having a qualified doctor involves at least fifteen years of education. It follows that some hospitals in the country, like those of Dibra, Përmet e Saranda, they are practically finding themselves without staff.
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