UK and International
Health and Health Services
Policies that aim to ensure availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of preventative and health care services and interventions.
International Horizon Scanning and Learning: Summary Report On the impact of COVID-19 on Increasing the Health Gap and Vulnerability
This report by Public Health Wales brings together international evidence and insights on inequalities from the International Horizon Scanning Learning Report series. It focuses on vulnerable groups and the unequal distribution of indirect impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including disruption to health services, and the effects of the pandemic on mental health and issues of vaccine equity.
Inequalities in Health Care for People with Depression and/or Anxiety
This long read report by The Health Foundation describes the health care use of people with depression and/or anxiety across primary and secondary care in England prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlights the broader health needs of these patients and longstanding variation in use of health care by level of socioeconomic deprivation.
Health Systems Resilience During COVID-19: Lessons for Building Back Better
This health policy series by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies provides national policy-makers with evidence from other countries to assess their own responses to COVID-19 and incorporate adjustments that are appropriate for their national contexts, supporting the transition from managing the crisis to achieving more resilient health systems and societies.
How will COVID-19 Impact Fertility?
This technical brief by the United Nations Population Fund highlights the crucial importance of classifying sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services as ‘essential services’ during the pandemic, and underscores the responsibility of governments to assure that all persons can exercise their reproductive rights, even during a global pandemic.
European Support for Improving Health and Care Systems
This policy brief by the World Health Organization and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies maps the many European tools that can help to improve health and care systems and how they relate to the challenges faced by health policy-makers in Member States.
Economic Vulnerability and Unmet Healthcare Needs Among the Population Aged 50 + years During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Europe
This research article points towards the existence of significant differences in accessing healthcare during the pandemic according to economic vulnerability.
Global Prevalence and Burden of Depressive and Anxiety Disorders in 204 Countries and Territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This research article estimates an increase in cases of major depressive disorder and of anxiety disorders globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unmet Needs for Health Care: Comparing Approaches and Results from International Surveys
Looking into reported levels of ‘unmet needs’ relating to healthcare based upon information gathered across international surveys. This OECD report highlights that unmet needs are greater among the poor across all international surveys.
Health for Everyone?: Social Inequalities in Health and Health Systems
Analysing inequalities in health and health systems across 33 OECD & EU countries, focussing on risk factors to health, health status, the utilisation of health services, unmet health care needs and coverage. Solutions focused in that it seeks to provide a discussion of how societies can becomes more inclusive.
Health Care Financing in Times of High Inflation
Focusing on the current economic climate and the challenges this brings to health systems. The briefing discusses the limit of overall government spending on healthcare and the need for increases to be implemented across OECD countries.