Impact of Financial Crisis on Global Health. Stockholm October 22, 2009. Julian F. Schweitzer . What Do We Know?. Unlike most previous crises, current crisis originated in developed countries (beginning in the US) and is now global in scope. Do We Have Reasons to Worry?.
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October 22, 2009
Julian F. Schweitzer
External share of total health spending, 1995 vs 2006
Other countries have actually seen increases in allocations to health and to social spending more generally following the crisis (e.g., IMF study reports increases in social spending in Burundi, Congo, Malawi, among others).
Are countries implementing counter-cyclical policies as a response to the crisis?
Lack of systematic evidence to date of negative impact on government health spending or on health outcomes does not mean this is not occurring, or will not occur.
Important to remain vigilant and to ensure that health spending on services that benefit the poor are protected.Has the Current Crisis had a Detrimental Impact on Health?