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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.






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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.






Reviews

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.
Prof. Peter P. Groenewegen – Director of the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)


Contents

PART I: CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTH REFORMS
Health Reforms in South East Europe: an Introduction; W.Bartlett, J.Bozikov & B.Rechel
Health Reforms in Croatia From the User Perspective; M.Mastilica
Health Reform in Bulgaria; A.Dimova, M.Rohova, M.Popov & B.Rechel
Decentralization in Croatia's Health System; A.Džakula, S.Šogorić & L.Vončina
Health Workforce Mobility and Policy Responses in South East Europe; D.Ognyanova & R.Busse
PART II: PRIMARY HEALTH CARE REFORMS
Primary Health Care Reform in Serbia: Driven by Whom?; S.Simić, J.Marinković & G.Boulton
Primary Health Care in Romania after 20 years of Reforms; S.G.Scintee & C.Vladescu
PART III: GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF HOSPITALS
The Public Hospital System in Macedonia; V.Lazarevik & D.Donev
Hospital Infrastructure Development in Serbia: Modernizing the Four University Clinical Centres; I.M.Jekic, A.Katrava, G.Boulton, N.Koumpis, M.Obrovacki, & A.Milojkovic
Hospital Performance Measurement in Bulgaria; M.Georgieva & E.Moutafova
PART IV: HEALTH FINANCE REFORMS
The Combined Way of Paying Family Medicine in Croatia; M.Katić, D.Jurković & V.Jureša
Reforms of the Organization and Financing of Primary Health Care in Montenegro; Đ.Ostojić & R.Andrić
The National Tender for Prospective Programmes in Slovenia; V.P.Rupel, D.Marušič, J.Ceglar & T.Mate


Authors

WILLIAM BARTLETT Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He was previously Professor of Social Economics at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Europe's Troubled Region: Economic Development, Social Welfare and Institutional Reform in the Western Balkans (2008).
JADRANKA BOŽIKOV Head of the Department of Medical Statistics, Epidemiology and Medical Informatics and Director of the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
BERND RECHEL Researcher at the European Observatory on Health System and Policies, and Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. His research interests focus on health systems and policies in Europe. His publications include Migration and Health in the European Union; Investing in Hospitals of the Future; The Healthcare Workforce in Europe and Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe.