Brnabic: “Serbia is more successful fighting he pandemic than countries with better healthcare system”

Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić, said that Serbia is fighting the pandemic more successfully than European countries with better healthcare systems, referring to a report by a Swedish research centre.

At a press conference in Belgrade, Brnabic said that according to the report (Euro health consumer index – EHCI) from 2019, Serbia ranks 18th in Europe in terms of the quality of the healthcare system but is still battling the pandemic better than Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium, which are among the top five countries on the list.

The Prime Minister pointed this out in her comment about a group of over 1,200 Serbian doctors warning about the ongoing “health catastrophe” in Serbia in a letter to the government and calling on the government to dismiss its crisis unit because of their inadequate handling of the “worrying pandemic outbreak”.

“I understand that the signatories of this letter are frustrated. But Serbia’s health system is on the verge of collapse, and you are busy with signing petitions? Could someone tell me which health system is not on the verge of collapse?” asked Brnabic.

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She stressed that Serbia has been putting up a great fight “against something the world has not seen since World War II”.

The EHCI is a research that the Health Consumer Powerhouse from Sweden has been conducting since 2005. However, the last report posted on the organization’s website dates from 2018.

EHCI assesses the performance of public health systems in 35 countries and the research indicators (46 of them) include such things as patient rights and information, access to care, treatment outcomes, range and availability of health services, prevention and use of medicines.

In the last 24 hours, nine people in Serbia died from the consequences of the coronavirus which brings the total death toll to 508. A total of 412 people have tested positive in the last 24 hours, and there are currently 185 patients on ventilators.

(Danas, 23.07.2020)


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