Policy summary on health policy responses to the financial crisis

Results of a survey of health policy responses to the financial crisis in the European Region reveal that a mix of policy tools is being used to cut public expenditure on health in many countries. The analysis suggests some of these policies, such as integration of primary and secondary care and reduction of pharmaceutical prices, are more likely to increase efficiency than others such as increasing user charges. In many countries, a missed opportunity has been enhancing value through policies to improve public health.