Thursday, 28 September 2023 | 18:15-19:30 | Conference Centre
Many health systems in Europe already lack resilience to shocks, in part due to weaknesses in the design of coverage policy, and current financial pressures may push some to introduce new cuts to health benefits. Drawing on up to date evidence on financial protection in 40 countries in Europe, this session will explore the likely impact of shifting health care costs onto households. It will also offer practical guidance on how countries can avoid negative outcomes by moving away from two highly cyclical coverage policy features: basing entitlement to publicly financed health care on payment of health insurance contributions and applying user charges without effective mechanisms to protect people with low incomes or chronic conditions. Even countries in crisis – and with limited fiscal space – can take steps to improve affordable access to health care. In doing so they will make their health systems more resilient now – and for the future.