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A new WHO study shows evidence that health payments (paying for medicines and health services) are unaffordable for many people and cause financial hardship across the WHO European Region, including in high-income countries. The estimates prepared with data from 25 countries show that up to 8% of households cannot afford to pay for basic needs – food, rent, utility bills – after paying out of pocket for health care.
“Health Systems for Prosperity and Solidarity – leaving no one behind” High-level regional meeting, 13–14 June 2018, Tallinn, Estonia. Media advisory. Copenhagen, 1 June 2018