Inequalities in access to healthcare in Belgium

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Brussels: European Social Observatory, July 2020, 184p.

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Access to healthcare in Belgium is, for the population as a whole, relatively good. However, disparities between socio-economic groups remain significant and have even increased over the last decade as a result of the substantial deterioration of the situation for vulnerable groups.  This report – commissioned by the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI/INAMI/RIZIV) – analyses the characteristics of individuals with most difficulties accessing necessary healthcare. It also describes healthcare services and products for which financial barriers are highest, and analyses the main access hurdles. It furthermore proposes policy recommendations to improve the situation, especially for the most vulnerable.

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