Economic crisis, health systems and health in Europe: impact and implications for policy (Policy summary 12)

Author Thomson S, Figueras J, Evetovits T, Jowett M, Mladovsky P, Maresso A, Cylus J, Karanikolos M, Kluge H.
Reference World Health Organization on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2014
This study addresses three questions. How have health systems in Europe  responded to the crisis?  How have these responses affected health system performance and population health? And what are the implications of this experience for health systems facing economic and other forms of shock in the future? The study’s contribution is to map and analyse policy responses across Europe from late 2008 to the middle of 2013. It is part of a wider initiative to monitor the effects of the crisis on health systems and health, to identify those policies most likely to sustain the performance of health systems facing fiscal pressure and to gain insight into the political economy of implementing reforms in a crisis.