High-tech Romania?

Commoditisation and Informal Relations in the Managerialist Informatisation of the Romanian Health-Care System

in Anthropology in Action
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Sabina Stan Dublin City University sabina.stan@dcu.ie

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Valentin-Veron Toma University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Bucharest valitoma2001@yahoo.com

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While informatisation has officially been hailed as a major component of the modernisation of the Romanian health-care system, this paper, based on ethnographic research in Romanian hospitals, shows that it has been mostly geared towards managerialist goals of administrative control and cost containment. Paradoxically, informal relations, which were supposed to be suppressed as a result of both informatisation and managerialist marketisation, continue to thrive in the Romanian health-care system.

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