The global financial crisis of 2008 has turned into an economic crisis that, five years on, is far from over in Europe. Financial and economic distress has already had wide-reaching social and political consequences. It had a large negative impact on the availability of health system resources in many countries, and affected population health and service use.

Research on the consequences of the recession on health systems and health started to emerge in studies and policy documents in the last few years. Although the economic situation in many countries looks better now, some of its most devastating effects may be yet to come. The health cost of falling incomes, increases in unemployment and widening inequalities largely remains unknown.

In this section of the Health & Financial Crisis Monitor we collate the available evidence on the impact of the crisis on various health domains and on the key parts of health systems, including financing, coverage, efficiency and cost.