Rationing of health services across Europe is inevitable

The cost of healthcare across Europe is rising faster than governments' ability to fund it, according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Europe: report shows that health costs are rising faster than funding (Photograph: Istock)
Europe: report shows that health costs are rising faster than funding (Photograph: Istock)

The report identified seven key trends that will shape healthcare over the next two decades.

Health spending will continue to rise due to inflation, but also because governments realise better public health boosts economic growth.

Countries with universal healthcare models, however, will be forced to ration care and 'consolidate healthcare facilities', the report predicts.

It predicts that GPs will become ever more important as gatekeepers to the wider health systems in European countries and as 'co-ordinators' of treatment for patients with multiple long-term conditions.

Public health will have to improve to help health systems cut costs by promoting healthy behaviour, the report predicts, and governments will have to increase the transparency and quality of health data.

The report, The future of healthcare in Europe, goes on to predict a range of possible outcomes for healthcare in European countries depending on the decisions they take, ranging from bestto worst-case scenario outcomes.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

External wall of GP surgery with wording 'medical centre'

‘Utterly toxic’: GPs speak out over abuse and physical attacks on practice teams

GPs have condemned a rise in verbal and physical attacks on practice staff - warning...

Artist's image of a spiked virus

Javid warns of 'substantial risk' from new COVID-19 variant

The highly mutated COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 'may pose a significant risk to public...

Desk with lettering 'LMC conference'

LMCs reject 'outdated' GMS contract and demand move to item of service payments

LMCs have voted to scrap the 'outdated and inadequate' GMS contract and to replace...

GPs at an LMC conference waving green voting cards in the air

LMCs demand ringfence on enhanced services cash and clear GP representation in ICSs

LMCs have called for a ringfence on enhanced services funding, along with a guarantee...

Close up of hands typing on a computer

Practices should not be required to provide online consultations, say LMCs

Online consultations should no longer be a part of the GMS contract and targets for...

Sign outside BMA House

More than half of GP practices prepared to pull out of PCNs, BMA ballot shows

More than half of GP practices in England are prepared to opt out of the PCN DES...