Financial difficulties are the most common reason for lack of access to necessary child health care

See results from a new U-Report survey anong youth

UNICEF
U-report - poll health care
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021
22 June 2021
EU Child Guarantee
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021

More than a third of young people believe that financial difficulties are the leading reason why a child cannot receive health care in their place of residence. For about 30% of U-Reporters, the main obstacle is the non-recognition of the health issue by the caregivers.

What are the reasons for a child from your place of residence to fail to receive the necessary health care
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021

This is revealed by the latest U-Report Bulgaria survey, dedicated to children’s access to health care. 203 U-Reporters with an average age of 20 years from all over Bulgaria took part, with girls and women among them being 76% of the respondents.

According to 47% of U-Reporters, in most cases families can afford the necessary medicines for their child’s treatment, but according to almost one third or 29% - they often cannot.

In your opinion, can the families in your place of residence afford _the necessary medicines when their child is ill
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021

Almost 85% of the U-Reporter respondents believe that parents have no or insufficient information and support to ensure their child’s access to health care. This corresponds with the data from the answers to the first question, according to which non-recognition of the health issue isthe second most important barrier for access to health care according to young people.

In your opinion, can the families in your place of residence afford _the necessary medicines when their child is ill
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021

According to U-Reporters the lack of health facilities as not a major barrier for children’s access to health care. 41% of them find that the number of health facilities in their place of residence is sufficient, however,  one-third believe that it is not sufficient.

Are there enough health facilities to provide adequate health care for the children in your place of residence
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021

At the same time, more than half of the U-Reporter respondents believe that the government is not doing enough to meet the health care needs of children in Bulgaria.

To what extent do you think the government provides health care for children in Bulgaria
UNICEF Bulgaria/2021


The topic of access to health care examined through the experience of children and young people needs further research to better understand what support is needed by families and children and how the government can provide it.


The survey is part of the pilot project for testing the “European Child Guarantee” in Bulgaria, which is implemented with  support by UNICEF and with funding by the EC.  The European Child Guarantee is an initiative by the European Commission, which aims to provide effective and free access to health care, education, childcare, decent housing and nutrition for all children in need in the European Union.

This project is funded by the European Union.

© UNICEF-Bulgaria, 2021


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