Health systems in transition: learning from experience

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The period following the break-up of the Soviet Union has brought enormous political and socioeconomic change to the European Region. The health sector has not been spared the effects of transition, and the countries emerging from the process have each engaged to varying degrees in health system reform. It is at last possible to reach some judgement about how this process has unfolded, to identify successes and failures, and to understand better the scale and nature of the remaining challenges. This book draws on the experience and lessons learned in the Region over the past ten years of transition in key health systems areas, such as health care financing, the restructuring of hospitals, public health, gains in health system quality, fostering citizens’ rights and mobilizing communities for health. It serves as a valuable resource for policy-makers, academics and donor institutions working in the Region.

The editors

Josep Figueras is Head of the Secretariat and Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Head of the WHO European Centre for Health Policy as well as visiting professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Martin McKee is Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as well as Co-Director of the School’s European Centre on Health Societies in Transition.

Jennifer Cain is Project Offi cer for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Suszy Lessof is Project Manager of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

The Contributors

Martin Bobak, Michael Borowitz, Jennifer Cain, Anna Dixon, Armin Fidler, Josep Figueras, Ilona Kickbusch, Jack Langenbrunner, Suszy Lessof, Rashad Massoud, Michael Marmot, Mark McCarthy, Martin McKee, Elias Mossialos, Francesca Perlman