Romania is divided into eight regions that were established in 1998 in order to better co-ordinate regional development as Romania progressed towards accession to the European Union. Romania’s development regions do not actually have an administrative status and do not have a legislative or executive council or government. The eight regions are: Nord-Vest; Centru; Nord-Est; Sud-Est; Sud; Bucureşti-Ilfov; Sud-Vest; and Vest.

Policy responses

The policies are designed at the national level, and then applied at the regional and local level.

An overview of regional policy responses addressing health inequalities can be found in our Policy Database.


Good practices

An overview of local and regional projects and initiatives that are currently taking place or that have successfully been finalized, and that are addressing health inequality issues, can be found in our Project Database.

Key actors

Please find below an overview of key actors in Romania working on health inequality issues:


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Key resources

Please find below a short overview of key documents and resources (produced at regional level) addressing health inequality issues in Romania. More publications can be found in our Publications Database.

  • Strategia de Descentralizare in Sistemul de Sanatate – Decentralization Strategy of Health System. This strategy is a response, in line with the most recent governmental evolutions in many other European countries, to the need of putting the patient at the centre of the health system: this would require decentralizing and granting greater local autonomy, thus moving the decision making and accountability process to a level closer to the citizens. At the same time, central power structures – especially the Ministry of Health – retreating from local management, can focus on strategic functions, namely the development of cros-sectoral policies, supervision and guidance of the entire system. It is thus necessary to increase the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health, to develop new structures both at a central and local level, while changing the status of medical units.

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