Health policies in the Balkan Region – overview and chosen examples

Polityki zdrowotne na Bałkanach – przegląd i wybrane przykłady

| Piotr Stolarczyk

ORCID: Piotr Stolarczyk: 0000-0001-8225-1417

ORCID: Paweł Olszewski: 0000-0001-8225-1417

ORCID: Paweł Olszewski: 0000-0001-8225-1417

Pages: 35-53

Edition: Lublin 2023


Citation method: P. Olszewski, P. Stolarczyk, Health policies in the Balkan Region – an overview and chosen examples, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 21 (2023), z. 2, s. 35-53, DOI:

Abstract: This article is a review of basic information on health policies and an introduction to the issue of their design and implementation in the Balkans. The purpose of this article is to discuss the general characteristics of health policies in the Balkans, the challenges and opportunities related to their determination, and implementation in the region and selected countries. The materials used in the preparation of the article are international publications and source documents regulating the issues raised in selected countries as well as studies of the International Health Organization. The methods used in the course of the work were analysis of source documents and data analysis. The work resulted in an article that concisely introduces the reader to the complex issue of health policies in a region still recovering from the armed conflict of the 1990s. The analysis of this issue indicates a deep differentiation of the undertaken activities and financing tools while emphasizing the similarity and often commonality of solutions. This is due to the level of development of individual countries, their economic capabilities, and the degree of advancement in integration processes with the European Union.


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