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Impacts of the financial and economic crisis and of austerity measures on health-care systems, on the health workforce and on patients in Europe

1 December, 2013
This paper describes the impact of the financial and economic crisis, as well as austerity measures on the health care systems, the health workforce and patients.

There is currently sufficient evidence for the negative and in some countries partly devastating effects of austerity policies on the financing and provision of services of general interest essential to promote the proper functioning of our economies and the cohesion of our societies, including on health and social services. The financial strain on Member States in general and on health and social services in particular also “triggered” policy measures
that are likely to have a negative effect on the health and well being of patients and the employment conditions of health workers.

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