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Primary Care in Europe: Entering the Age of Austerity

Majeed, Azeem MD, FRCGP, FFPH

The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: July/September 2012 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 162–166
doi: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e31824b45f4
Primary Health Care in Europe

Many European countries have well-developed health systems that offer universal access to health services and which have a strong primary care sector. However, as the financial crisis in Europe progresses, it is leading to significant cutbacks in publicly funded health services. A key objective for primary care physicians will therefore be to work in an environment where resources will be much more limited than in the past. In the longer term, the role of primary care physicians in European health systems will continue to expand to meet the aim of shifting health services to the generally more cost-effective setting of primary care.

Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom.

Correspondence: Azeem Majeed, MD, FRCGP, FFPH, Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, United Kingdom (

The author's post is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. No separate source of funding was received for this article.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.