Primary Health Care Reform in Albania
2003- 2006 || U.S. Agency for International Development
Under United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Primary Health Care Reform project in Albania, Deloitte was part of a team that supported health reform policy and the mobilization of resources to improve primary health care services. The team conducted a number of health care assessments to develop an understanding of Albania’s health care reform challenges. Deloitte’s contribution focused on improving health care funding allocations and developing policies and procedures to streamline business procedures and improve quality of care.
Although free-market reforms have improved the Albanian economy, the country still remains one of the poorest in Europe. Albania’s health care system is mainly financed by public funds, and the Ministry of Health is charged with the funding, administration, and regulation of health care services. Since the early 1990s, the Albanian government has implemented a number of health care reforms to diversify financing and increase decentralization. Despite these reforms primary health care standards remained relatively low. The team was tasked with identifying innovative and sustainable ways to help the health system provide quality health services to the Albanian population given resource constraints.
Deloitte and its collaborators worked with the Albanian government to improve the allocation of health care funding and explore incentives for providing equitable access to primary health care services. Specific project activities included the following:
The combination of assessments, policy guidance, and implementation of reform initiatives by the Deloitte team helped lay the foundation for long-term improvements in primary health care in Albania, leaving the country better equipped to address broader health care reform challenges.
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