Access to healthcare in times of crisis

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In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. At the same time, unemployment, financial strain and reduced prevention have increased the need for certain healthcare services, while falling disposable income has made access to healthcare more difficult for many EU households. This report identifies the groups most likely to face barriers to healthcare as a consequence of the crisis, including a number of new groups that have been generally overlooked by policymakers. It suggests a range of policy pointers, including the need to consider mitigating measures in tandem with policy reform, and suggests policymakers and service providers might consider reviewing crisis responses once financial pressures on EU Member States begin to ease: they may consider, in particular: investing more in working conditions of healthcare staff, apart from salaries, as an effective option to tackle staff shortages; developing alternative care infrastructures to nursing homes and hospital care; making investments in the short run (in ICT, self-help facilities, home care and ambulatory care) to free up resources in the longer term. 

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    Number of Pages: 
    76
    Reference No: 
    EF1442
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1215-6
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-14-695-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/70615
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    Access to healthcare in times of crisis

    In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. At the same time, unemployment, financial strain and reduced prevention have increased the need for certain healthcare services, while falling disposable income has made access to healthcare more difficult for many EU households.

  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    EF14421
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    Pristup zdravstvenoj skrbi u vrijeme krize

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Uslijed gospodarske i financijske krize mnoge europske vlade smanjile su sredstva za zdravstvene usluge. Istodobno nezaposlenost, financijski problemi i smanjena prevencija povećali su potrebu za određenim zdravstvenim uslugama, dok je sve manji raspoloživ prihod otežao pristup zdravstvenoj skrbi mnogim kućanstvima u EU-u. U izvješću se utvrđuju skupine za koje je najvjerojatnije da se suočavaju s preprekama u zdravstvenoj skrbi kao posljedici krize, uključujući niz novih skupina koje su u pravilu tvorci politika previdjeli. Preporučuje se niz političkih smjernica, uključujući potreba za razmatranjem mjera ublažavanja u kombinaciji s političkom reformom te se tvorcima politika i pružateljima usluga preporučuje da razmotre reviziju odgovora na krizu nakon što se smanji financijski pritisak na države članice EU-a.

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