About the conference

17–18 April 2013, Oslo, Norway


Countries in the WHO European Region have been affected in different ways and to differing degrees by the global economic crisis. Similarly, the policy responses of governments and the overall impact on health systems and health outcomes are varied.

Four years after Norway hosted the high-level meeting “Health in times of global economic crisis: implications for the WHO European Region”, WHO brought together senior policy-makers from ministries of health, finance and health insurance funds, as well as patient organizations, international partners and researchers, to review the situation across the Region today.

The conference held on 17–18 April 2013:

reviewed how health systems have been affected;
took stock of government policy responses; and
assessed the overall impact of the crisis on health system outcomes.
WHO has worked with many Member States on various areas of policy to assist them in navigating through the crisis. This work, as well as an in-depth examination of selected countries and the results of a survey on how countries have responded to the crisis by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and WHO, was presented at the conference.

Many of the conference documents, including presentations, are available in Russian.

For those unable to attend the conference in person, video clips of the sessions are available on this site.