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Health policy in the financial crisis

Mladovsky, Philipa, Srivastava, Divya, Cylus, Jonathan, Karanikolos, Marina, Evetovits, Tamás, Thomson, Sarah and McKee, Martin (2012) Health policy in the financial crisis. Eurohealth, 18 (1). pp. 3-6. ISSN 1356-1030

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This article summarises the results of a study on how European countries have responded to budgetary pressures in the context of the global economic crisis. The study highlights the wide range of health policy responses and notes some of the trade-offs involved. To date, national governments in the European Union (EU) have been largely responsible for making these trade-offs but where countries are receiving bailout packages, international organisations are now directly intervening in national health policies. Regardless of who the decision maker is, these trade-offs should be understood and made explicit. Ideally, policy decisions should be guided by a focus on enhancing value in the health system rather than on identifying areas in which cuts might most easily be made.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 WHO on behalf of European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Research centres and groups > ALPHA (Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis)
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 15:32
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2021 00:13

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