Access to healthcare in times of crisis

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31 October 2014
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31 October 2014
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Abstract

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. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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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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    Acesso a cuidados de saúde em tempo de crise

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Na sequência da crise económica e financeira, muitos governos europeus reduziram as despesas com serviços de saúde. Simultaneamente, o desemprego, as dificuldades financeiras e a redução da prevenção aumentaram a necessidade de utilização de certos serviços de saúde, ao mesmo tempo que a quebra do rendimento disponível dificultou o acesso aos cuidados de saúde por parte de muitos agregados familiares da UE. O presente relatório identifica os grupos mais propensos a defrontarem-se, em consequência da crise, com obstáculos à prestação de cuidados de saúde, incluindo diversos grupos emergentes que têm sido, de um modo geral, ignorados pelos decisores políticos. Sugere uma série de indicadores para políticas, incluindo a necessidade de considerar medidas de atenuação em conjunto com reformas políticas, e sugere igualmente que os decisores políticos e os prestadores de serviços considerem a possibilidade de rever as medidas de combate à crise, logo que as pressões financeiras sobre os Estados-Membros da UE comecem a diminuir.

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