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.
A new report, published by the European Foundation for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), 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.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Eurofound