Policy-makers are currently facing the challenge of striking the right balance between two competing goals: ensuring adequate capacities to treat those affected by COVID-19 and providing services that are necessary to maintain the health of the population.Read more “How are countries reorganizing non-COVID-19 health care service delivery?”
Digital health tools are playing a central role in responding to COVID-19; some are established tools, some are existing tools being used in new ways, and increasingly there is attention to developing specific new digital health tools to respond to the pandemic.Read more “How are countries using digital health tools in responding to COVID-19?”
Health care providers need flexibility to be able to respond quickly to meet increased demand in the outbreak, to offer new methods of service delivery and to maintain essential health services for non-COVID-19 conditions. The way in which providers are paid can be an obstacle to these objectives.Read more “What are countries doing to give providers flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak?”
How are countries removing financial barriers to accessing health services in the context of COVID-19?
Households increasingly face financial strain as the COVID-19 outbreak becomes an economic crisis in many countries. If people face concerns about health care affordability, they may delay seeking treatment or be prevented from obtaining the services they need, making the outbreak harder to control.Read more “How are countries removing financial barriers to accessing health services in the context of COVID-19?”
What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients?
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed immense pressure on the health workforce across Europe and worldwide, which has been exacerbated by workforce depletion as health professionals themselves are at high risk of being infected by COVID-19.Read more “What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients?”