Romania announced that it will start using electronic health insurance cards in 2011. The new cards will be apart from the European Health Insurance Cards, and they will include data such as personal information, details about health insurance payments, notification of life-threatening diseases if diagnosed, and the blood type. Attila Cseke, the Romanian Health Minister, commented "By introducing the national health insurance cards, we make an important computerization step. We can cut red tape to prove the identity of the insured. The implementation of the national card will improve cost control in the health insurance system by introducing additional mechanisms for records, reports and statements of accounts. It will also ensure rapid access for health providers to a minimum set of data necessary for decision making, in particular in cases of medical emergencies."
More about the electronic health insurance cards.
Healthcare staff members will provide the individuals holding the electronic health insurance cards with any needed medical assistance. The Romanian government chose the National Printing House to start providing and distributing the new electronic cards to the insured individuals. The Printing House is also responsible for making sure that the electronic health insurance cards are not exposed to forgery and counterfeiting. Around 18 million health-insured citizens in Romania are going to receive the new cards. Cseke said “We will propose that the issuance should be made primarily for employees and individuals who contribute with a sum to the National Health Insurance House, and after this stage, we will get to issue cards for other categories of persons, who by law have this quality [of insured citizens]."