Special Issue "Equity, Access and Use of Health Care Services"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Rosa Urbanos-Garrido
Guest Editor
Department of Applied Economics, Public Economics and Political Economy, Complutense University of Madrid, Somosaguas Campus, E-28223 Madrid, Spain
Interests: health economics; public health; equity, access and use of health care services
Dr. Alexandrina Stoyanova
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: health economics; equity, access and use of healthcare services; mental health; health and education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Equity is a major goal for healthcare systems. The guarantee of timely access to affordable and quality services when they are needed is a keystone in the fight against health inequalities. Although significant efforts to reduce inequalities have been made by public authorities in many countries, barriers to accessing healthcare persist. Cost, travel distance and waiting time still are behind most unmet needs reported by people. Moreover, the Great Recession of 2008 forced many governments to implement significant public spending cuts and other reforms with likely negative impact on access to healthcare services. The current COVID-19 pandemic has posed additional challenges to healthcare systems and economies with adverse consequences on access to and use of healthcare services, particularly for vulnerable population groups: undocumented migrants, economically disadvantaged, ethnic minorities, people with mental health problems, etc. Equity in access and effective use of healthcare services is a multi-dimensional issue that may be analyzed from different perspectives—socio-economic, gender or geographic, among others—and with different methodologies. Papers addressing equity in healthcare from any relevant perspective are invited for this Special issue. We especially welcome contributions providing policy recommendations to improve equity goals.

Prof. Dr. Rosa Urbanos-Garrido
Dr. Alexandrina Stoyanova
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • equity
  • access
  • utilization
  • healthcare services
  • unmet needs

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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