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Investing in Health Institutions in Transition Countries


This study presents an overview of the health care systems in postcommunist countries with its resources and operations, in addition to proposing steps that should be taken in order to overcome the health crisis associated with transition and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of health care systems. At the beginning of the 90's, the crisis of transition had a significant impact on the low level of funding in health care, declining in proportion to the fall of GDP or even faster. The continued crisis and slow recovery also affect the low political preference for funding the health care sector during the GDP allocation process. There is excessive competition from other important socio-economic goals and health care frequently loses the battle.