In spite of the growing awareness and literature on health inequalities, the people encountered in MdM and partner organisations often fall through official surveys and are currently not captured by health information systems. This is why each year, the MdM International Network Observatory on access to healthcare publishes a report on the social determinants of health and health status of the patients met by MdM teams.
2017 Observatory report – Falling through the cracks: the failure of universal coverage in Europe
Gathering and presenting data collected by NGOs from 14 European countries, through more than 46.000 medical and social consultations, the Observatory report reveals unacceptable gaps in Europe’s healthcare coverage. The report was launched at the European Parliament on 8 November 2017.
Executive Summary (in English)
2017 Observatory report – Falling through the cracks: the failure of universal coverage in Europe Robert W Aldridge, Anna Miller, Bethany Jakubowski, et al.
2017 Legal report on access to healthcare in 16 European countries
This legal report intends to collect and gather legal and field information about access to healthcare for people facing vulnerabilities in 16 European countries
Belgium (BE), France (FR), Germany (DE), Greece (EL), Ireland (IE), Italy (IT), Luxemburg (LU), The Netherlands (NL), Norway (NO), Romania (Ro), Slovenia (SI), Spain (ES), Sweden (SE), Switzerland (CH), Turkey (TR), United kingdom (UK)
2016 – European Observatory report and Legal report
The Observatory report is a report on social and medical data gathered during the year 2015 in 11 European countries and Turkey. It was published in November 2016.
Simonnot N, Rodriguez A, Nuernberg M, Fille F, Aranda-Fernández P.E and Chauvin P.
The Legal report on access to healthcare in 17 countries was written using both legal expertise and feedback from the field. The public healthcare system of each country is described as it is foreseen by the national laws. The legal data is then completed by a description of the reality of access to healthcare. The report focuses on several categories of people as specific provisions apply to them, generally restricting their access to the public healthcare system.
 Belgium (BE), Canada (CA), France (FR), Germany (DE), Greece (EL), Ireland (IE), Italy (IT), Luxembourg (LU), The Netherlands (NL), Norway (NO), Romania (Ro), Slovenia (SI), Spain (ES), Sweden (SE), Switzerland (CH), Turkey (TR), United kingdom (UK)
Access to healthcare for people facing multiple health vulnerabilities. Obstacles in access to care for children and pregnant women in Europe (May 2015)
L’accès aux soins des personnes confrontées à de multiples facteurs de vulnérabilité. Obstacles à l’accès aux soins des enfants et des femmes enceintes en Europe (Mai 2015).
El acceso a la atención sanitaria de las personas confrontadas con multiples vulnerabilidades de salud. Las barreras al acceso a la atención sanitaria de las mujeres embarazadas y los / las menores en Europa (Mayo de 2015).
The infographic summary can be downloaded here.
The complete report that presents the results of all the analyses, and that also includes Montreal (Canada), is available here:
Chauvin P, Simonnot N, Vanbiervliet F, Vicart M, Vuillermoz C. Access to healthcare for people facing multiple vulnerabilities in health in 26 cities across 11 countries. Report on the social and medical data gathered in 2014 in nine European countries, Turkey and Canada. Paris: Doctors of the World – Médecins du monde international network, May 2015.
The most important barrier to healthcare faced in the surveyed countries is restrictive national laws. This is why MdM also published a legal report on access to healthcare in 12 countries (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom). We hope it will be a useful tool for healthcare professionals, researchers, NGOs, policy makers and other stakeholders to better understand the legal and administrative barriers that stop people from taking care of their health.
Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis. Focus on pregnant women an children (May 2014)
L’accès aux soins des plus précaires dans une Europe en crise sociale. Le cas des femmes enceintes et des enfants (Mai 2014)
El acceso a la sanidad de las personas en situación de mayor precariedad en una Europa en crisis social. El caso de las mujeres embarazadas y los/las menores (Mayo de 2014)
Rapport complet. L’accès aux soins des personnes confrontées à de multiples facteurs de vulnérabilité dans 27 villes de 10 pays. Rapport sur les données sociales et médicales recueillies en 2013 dans huit pays européens, en Turquie et au Canada.
Full report. Access to healthcare for people facing multiple vulnerability factors in 27 cities across 10 countries. Report on the social and medical data gathered in 2013 in eight European countries, Turkey and Canada.
Full epidemiological report. Access to healthcare of excluded people in 14 cities of 7 European countries (April 2013)
Access to healthcare for vulnerable populations. UPDATE OF LEGISLATION in 10 European countries (April 2013)
Access to health care for vulnerable groups in the European Union in 2012. An overview of the condition of persons excluded from healthcare systems in the EU.
Accès aux soins des populations les plus vulnérables dans l’Union Européenne en 2012. Un aperçu de la situation des personnes exclues des systèmes de soins dans l’UE.
Report on 2011 data from five health centres in Europe: Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Munich, and Nice and from mobile units in Patras and Igoumenitsa (Greece)
2009 and 2010
Report in Greek (2009)