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Health Reforms in South East Europe

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William Bartlett, Jadranka Bozikov and Bernd Rechel (eds)
Palgrave Macmillan (24 September 2012)

Over the last two decades, the countries of South East Europe have engaged in far-reaching reforms of their health systems, including reforms of primary and secondary health care, new governance and funding arrangements, the privatization of health care provision, and the introduction of health insurance systems. However, comparative overviews of reform efforts in this part of Europe have been sorely lacking so far.

This book addresses this shortage through the analysis of key aspects of health reforms in South East Europe, including primary health care, hospital care, health financing, decentralization and the internal and international migration of health workers. It provides a comparative analysis of health reforms and health workforce mobility in the region, and includes contributions from Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. The book will be of interest to a range of audiences, including researchers, medical practitioners and policy-makers.

  • Dr William Bartlett is a senior research fellow at LSE.

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This important new book covers both the former Semashko and ex-Yugoslav health systems of South East Europe. It is a very timely update, especially on health reforms in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Reforms are put in the perspective of their past within Yugoslavia, the upheavals after the country's disintegration and the differences and similarities with the former Semashko systems in the region.
Professor Peter P Groenewegen, director of the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)

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