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New evidence on financial protection in Europe

Across the European region, outpatient medicines are the main driver of financial hardship, especially for those on lower incomes.

A report from the World Health Organisation states that many countries already have policies in place to protect people from out-of-pocket payments for health, but all countries can do more. To strengthen financial protection, countries should: address gaps in coverage through a careful redesign of coverage policy, support the most disadvantaged people first, especially where public resources are severely limited, and support changes to coverage policy with adequate public investment in the health system.