266258 Stakeholder perceptions of reforms in the health care system in the Czech Republic

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Pamela J. Walsh, PhD , School of Health Sciences, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Citizens in the Czech Republic are experiencing changes in payment for health care with the imposition of user fees (co-pays) for certain health care services. This change has not been received lightly because historically citizens in the Czech Republic have had universal access to free health care up until 2008. This paper reports results of a study obtaining the perceptions of 18 stakeholders (hospital administrator, physicians, nurses, attorney, regional administrator, consumers, etc.) regarding the ‘reforms' and the overall healthcare system that were obtained through interviews in Prague, Winter 2011. Comparisons will be made to the US health care system.

Learning Areas:
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
discuss the changes in the Czech Republic’s health care system and the perceptions of the stakeholders

Keywords: Health Care Reform, International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I lived in Prague for 6 months as a Fulbright scholar in 2011, taught at Charles University and conducted the interviews.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.