The Covid-19 epidemic compelled the entire world to increase health spending dramatically in order to treat persons infected with the coronavirus. According to an OECD analysis on the virus’s impact in Albania, the government spent at least 14.2 billion ALL, or more than 117 million euros, on treatment, medical equipment, salary hikes for medical professionals, and “war pay” packages. However, health intervention has been curtailed in this situation, according to health management specialist Erion Dasho, and will not benefit the system after the pandemic is over.
Albania’s healthcare system is hampered by a shortage of medical personnel, equipment, and adequate hospital facilities. According to statistics, there are currently 1.2 doctors per 1,000 people in the country, a rate that is 14 percent lower than in 2000 and the lowest of all Western Balkan countries.
Citizens continue to pay a high price for health care, with practically every visit and medical treatment costing them money even if they are covered.
An individual earning an average wage contributes roughly 36 thousand ALL per year to the state in the form of health contributions, although the state’s health expenditures per capita are less than 23 thousand ALL per year.