Access to Primary Healthcare Services for the Roma Population in Serbia: a Secondary Data Analysis (2011)

  • Author: Leanne Idzerda, Orvill Adams, Jonathan Patrick, Ted Schrecker and Peter Tugwell


Scientific article published in BioMedCentral International Health and Human Rights 2011, 11:10 Serbia has proclaimed access to healthcare as a human right. In a context wherein the Roma population are disadvantaged, the aim of this study was to assess whether the Roma population are able to effectively access primary care services, and if not, what barriers prevent them from doing so. The history of the Roma in Serbia is described in detail so as to provide a context for their current vulnerable position. Conclusions of the study: The Roma should be assisted in applying for personal documentation, the geographical accessibility of clinics needs to be addressed, and the costs of healthcare visits and medications should be reviewed. Areas for improvement specific to ARI are the costs of antibiotics and the diagnostic accuracy of providers. A range of policy recommendations are outlined.

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