Section Editor: Mihajlo Jakovljevic, University of Kragujevac, Serbia
Deputy Section Editors:
Fiona Cianci, Health Service Executive, Dublin, Ireland,
Meri Koivusalo, Tampere University, Finland,
Daniel Maceira, Center for the Study of State and Society, Argentina,
Elena Potapchick, Higher School of Economics, Russia
Claus Wendt, University of Siegen, Germany
Health systems are typically thought of as the leadership, information systems, financing, human resources, products and services needed to ensure healthcare provision within a country. At a global level, international donors, grants and conditional loans have influenced the shape of these systems, affecting equity in access to care. There is a renewed global push for universal health coverage but lack of agreement on how it should be funded or administered. Private financing for health systems in many countries is rising; there is a critical shortage of human resources for health; out-of-pocket payments continue to push people into ‘medical poverty’; and the high costs of new medical technologies or therapeutics too often available only to the few challenge appropriate funding levels for comprehensive primary health services essential to the many. Papers submitted under this topic explore how globalization-related processes are affecting the development of national and regional health systems, with a focus on how such systems improve health equity in terms of access, coverage, and financing.