Special Issue "Inequalities in Health Care"
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: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: health economics; health systems; health policy; out-of-pocket payments; access; affordability; consumer preferences; equity
Interests: informal patient payments; informality; integrity in medical education; mother and child health; healthcare governance; corruption in healthcare; medical education; social science and healthcare
Poverty, deprived living conditions, low literacy, and unhealthy lifestyles commonly go hand in hand and jointly worsen one’s health status, which makes recovery from an illness prolonged and sometimes incomplete or even impossible. In low-resource settings, access to care is also challenging. Healthcare facilities might be difficult to reach because of a lack of transportation, inadequate communication, and poor road conditions. Those who can reach the facilities might be confronted with unaffordable out-of-pocket payments, a lack of skilled care providers, as well as a lack of equipment or inability to use the equipment available at the facilities due to staff shortage or technical problems. Limited facility capacity might even prevent the necessary basic isolation of patients with a contagious disease, resulting in further spread of the disease, and some patients might not even have the chance to receive adequate care or even any care at all, which can increase morbidity and mortality outcomes.
All these factors threaten the achievement of the universal health coverage goal, i.e., equal access to health services of sufficient quality to be effective, without suffering financial hardship. Strengthening the resilience and flexibility of the health system is an important future strategy. Thus, politicians, medical practitioners, public health experts, scientists, and industry should come together to establish effective mechanisms for continuous monitoring of health systems to promptly detect acute system gaps.
This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the inequalities in the distribution of health resources and barriers to access to adequate healthcare services. We welcome research papers, reviews, case reports, and commentaries, especially those dealing with new approaches and insights. We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines, including but not limited to public health, health economics, health systems research, and healthcare management.
Prof. Dr. Milena Pavlova
Dr. Marzena Tambor
Dr. Tetiana Stepurko
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- health resources
- healthcare services
- out-of-pocket payments
- vulnerable groups
- financial protection