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Released on World Health Day 2019, new evidence from WHO finds that some people face barriers to access and forego treatment due to the cost involved; some pay and experience financial hardship as a result; and some are affected in both ways, even in Europe’s richest countries.
Drawing on contributions from national experts in 24 countries, WHO’s new report reveals that:
- between 1% and 9% of households in Europe are pushed into poverty – or further into poverty – after out-of-pocket payments;
- between 1% and 17% of households experience catastrophic health spending, which may mean they can no longer afford to meet other basic needs such as food, housing and heating;
- catastrophic health spending is consistently concentrated among the poorest 20% of the population; and
- catastrophic health spending is mainly driven by out-of-pocket payments for outpatient medicines.
The report brings together for the first time data on financial hardship and unmet need. It shows that the share of people foregoing needed health services, including prescribed medicines, is high in countries where financial protection is weak… (WHO Europe, April 5, 2019)