Crisis has affected supply and demand in healthcare
Spending cuts, increased demand and falling consumer incomes – the crisis has put pressure on Europe’s health services in many ways. People who have often faced difficulty accessing healthcare, such as rural and low-income groups, face additional problems. And they have been joined by new groups, not previously considered vulnerable, such as young men who have lost jobs and over-indebted young families. A new Eurofound report outlines the impact of the crisis on access to the complex network of healthcare provision across Europe. As well as negative effects, it describes initiatives to mitigate those effects, and some unexpected outcomes.