Eurofound publishes report on effect of the crisis on access to healthcare

October 9, 2014   World

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In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services.  A new Eurofound report, "Access to healthcare in times of crisis", outlines the impact of the crisis on access to the complex network of healthcare provision across Europe. The report 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. Coinciding with the crisis, there is an increase in the number of people with disabilities, a group with relatively large healthcare needs. The report finds that the crisis has sometimes affected their ability to pay healthcare costs and that in some countries chronically ill and disabled people have also been affected by changes in copayment rules.