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Category Archives: Healthcare in Europe
Jun 6 2013
National health services tend to be introduced by countries with social democratic governments that also have a concentration of political power.
Why do different countries have different healthcare systems? Federico Toth looks at the three major types of healthcare systems in industrialised countries: voluntary insurance, social health insurance, and national health services (NHS). Using evidence from 15 countries, he argues that … Continue reading
Posted by: June 6, 2013
Mar 14 2013
Public reporting of quality indicators for long-term care in Europe has the potential to play a key role in driving improvements.
How do European countries differ in helping older people choose a care home, and what is the impact of the public reporting of quality information? In a comparative study of six European countries, Ricardo Rodrigues and Andrea E. Schmidt explain … Continue reading
Posted by: March 14, 2013
Mar 11 2013
The onset of the financial crisis has forced many European governments into reforming public services, including healthcare. Despite this economic turmoil, the Nordic states have so far been insulated from some of the pressures faced in other European countries. Richard … Continue reading
Posted by: March 11, 2013
Mar 1 2013
European health systems are changing in response to the financial crisis but face barriers to implementing necessary reforms.
The financial crisis has affected almost every aspect of European governments’ ability to maintain public services, and healthcare has been no exception. Philipa Mladovsky and Sarah Thomson look at how health systems have responded to the financial crisis and find … Continue reading
Posted by: March 1, 2013
Feb 16 2013
In Cyprus, the Troika should be promoting health reforms towards universal coverage, not derailing them.
Last November, the Troika agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cyprus, which also made special reference to the country’s health sector. Ahead of Presidential elections in Cyprus on Sunday, Jonathan Cylus, Irene Papanicolas and Mamas Theodorou argue that some of … Continue reading
Posted by: February 16, 2013
Jan 30 2013
Health reforms in the Netherlands have increased access to health care, but have also led to an unexpected growth in health spending.
The Netherlands implemented major reforms to its health care system in 2006. Ilaria Mosca assesses the consequences of the reform programme, noting that while there have been improvements to service delivery, there have also been negative consequences such as an … Continue reading
Posted by: January 30, 2013