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Countries are spending more on health, but too many costs are still borne by the patient.
Countries are spending more on health, but too many costs are still borne by the patient. This is the assessment made by the World Health Organization in a new report in early 2019.
"This rapid increase in global health spending is particularly visible in low- and middle- income countries, where health spending is increasing by an average of 6 percent per year, compared to 4 percent in high-income countries," the institution says. Based on recent data (2016), this comprehensive report provides an overview of the financing of health services (with a focus on specific diseases) and the management of patient costs.
The results are differentiated according to the income levels of the countries or their geographical area, thus allowing Europe to be isolated.