EHS-COVID (11) Health system responses to COVID-19: WHO European region

3 November, 2020

(with thanks to Irina Ibraghimova and LRC Network)

Health system responses to COVID-19

https://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/partners/observatory/publications/e...

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Many countries across the European region and beyond have faced another steep surge in transmissions and a continued challenge from COVID-19. This special issue of Eurohealth reviews some of the innovative practices across the European region and outlines policy lessons for the future. All the articles draw on the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) platform, a major initiative led by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Commission. Contents include:

COVID-19 perspectives - Lessons from the first wave: the Covid-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) an evidence resource and a source of analysis; A perspective from the WHO Regional Office for Europe; A perspective from the European Commission; Covid-19 and health systems resilience; How to respond to the Covid-19 economic and health financing crisis?; Translating evidence into policy during the Covid-19 pandemic: bridging science and policy (and politics)

Preventing transmission - Successful find-test-trace-isolate-support systems: how to win at snakes and ladders; Effective contact tracing and the role of apps: lessons from Europe; How comparable is Covid-19 mortality across countries?

Ensuring sufficient workforce capacity - What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic?; How are countries supporting their health workers during Covid-19?

Providing health services effectively - Managing health systems on a seesaw: balancing the delivery of essential health services whilst responding to Covid-19; Restarting more routine hospital activities during Covid-19: approaches from six countries; Keeping what works: remote consultations during the Covid-19 pandemic; The Covid-19 pandemic and long-term care: what can we learn from the first wave about how to protect care homes?

Paying for services - Compensating health care professionals for income losses and extra expenses during Covid-19; Adjusting hospital inpatient payment systems for Covid-19

Governance - In and out of lockdowns, and what is a lockdown anyway? policy issues in transitions; Who’s in charge and why? centralisation within and between governments; National, European, and global solidarity: Covid-19, public health, and vaccines

Editorial

1. Lessons from the first wave: the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSPM)

2. The COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) country contributors

3. COVID-19: reflecting on experience and anticipating the next steps

4. European solidarity during the COVID-19 crisis

5. COVID-19 and health systems resilience: lessons going forwards

6. How to respond to the COVID-19 economic and health financing crisis?

7. Translating evidence into policy during the COVID-19 pandemic: bridging science and policy (and politics)

8. Successful find-test-trace-isolate-support systems: how to win at snakes and ladders

9. Effective contact tracing and the role of apps: lessons from Europe

10. How comparable is COVID-19 mortality across countries?

11. What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic?

12. How are countries supporting their health workers during COVID-19?

13. Managing health systems on a seesaw: balancing the delivery of essential health services whilst responding to COVID-19

14. Restarting more routine hospital activities during COVID-19: approaches from six countries

15. Keeping what works: remote consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic

16. The COVID-19 pandemic and long-term care: what can we learn from the first wave about how to protect care homes?

17. Compensating healthcare professionals for income losses and extra expenses during COVID-19

18. Adjusting hospital inpatient payment systems for COVID-19

19. In and out of lockdowns, and what is a lockdown anyway? Policy issues in transitions

20. Who's in charge and why? Centralisation within and between governments

21. National, European, and global solidarity: COVID-19, public health, and vaccines

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org