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Published on
3 April 2024

Unravelling Healthcare Systems in Central and Eastern Europe: A Collaborative, In-Depth Analysis

Delve into “At a Turning Point: Healthcare Systems in Central and Eastern Europe,” an insightful study spearheaded by Economist Impact and backed by AmCham EU.

This captivating report delves into the intricacies of health systems and funding dynamics across 13 European countries, showcasing their unique features, similarities, and potential avenues for enhancement.

The communication agency #inextremis skillfully crafts visually appealing graphic design. Join us as we explore the key takeaways from this pivotal study and the impressive contributions of the renowned organisations.

The report unfolds four engaging chapters, each focusing on distinct healthcare spending and policy aspects within the chosen countries. To guarantee a thorough analysis, the authors sought insights from diverse experts, including policymakers, health economists, academics, healthcare professionals, and representatives of relevant local and European-level associations.

  1. Chapter 1: Decoding Health Spending Patterns and Trends This chapter dissects health spending in the context of economic growth, the immediate and long-term repercussions of COVID-19, and the current economic downturn. It underlines the need for robust leadership and organisational capabilities for effective long-term planning. It juxtaposes revenue sources, the consequences of out-of-pocket payments, and the sustainability of social health insurance models.
  2. Chapter 2: Tackling Healthcare Infrastructure and Workforce Hurdles Centered on healthcare spending by function, this chapter illuminates the obstacles presented by current healthcare infrastructure, such as the overreliance on hospitals and workforce shortages. It proposes innovative solutions to these challenges, including bolstering primary and community care.
  3. Chapter 3: Harnessing the Power of Innovative Medicines and Technology This chapter delves into the potential ramifications of innovative medicines on health outcomes, efficiency, and healthcare costs. It evaluates various pricing and reimbursement mechanisms, identifies disparities and inequalities in accessibility, and offers potential solutions to bridge these gaps. Additionally, it emphasises the significance of investing in medical equipment, technology, digital health, and research and development.
  4. Chapter 4: Evaluating Population Health Outcomes and Building System Resilience This chapter scrutinises the influence of healthcare spending on crucial population health outcomes, the burden of non-communicable diseases, and the steps health systems should take to prepare for population ageing. It also examines quality and efficiency measures, encompassing population perceptions of quality of care and the crucial role of health system resilience amid ongoing challenges and uncertainty.

The report culminates with actionable recommendations to enhance access, system sustainability, and outcomes across the CEE countries. These insights pave the way for stimulating discussions and prospective healthcare reforms.

To enrich the report further, accompanying country profiles provide a wealth of data and analysis on national dynamics for seven CEE countries and Romania as a comparator.

The compelling “At a Turning Point: Healthcare Systems in Central and Eastern Europe” report presents a comprehensive analysis of health systems and funding dynamics across selected European countries, emphasising key differences, similarities, and opportunities for improvement. This meticulous study, executed by Economist Impact and championed by AmCham EU, lays a robust foundation for future dialogues and healthcare reforms in the region, ultimately striving to create more sustainable, efficient, and equitable healthcare systems for everyone.

This remarkable report is the product of a synergistic collaboration between leading organisations, including Economist Impact, AmCham EU, and #inextremis. The fusion of their expertise culminates in a valuable resource for policymakers, healthcare professionals, and stakeholders seeking to comprehend and enhance healthcare systems in Central and Eastern Europe.