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Compensating healthcare professionals for income losses and extra expenses during Covid-19.

Waitzberg R, Aissat D, Habicht T, Hernandez-Quevedo C, Karanikolos M, Kroneman M, Merkur S, Quentin W, Scarpetti G, Webb E, Williams G, Winkelmann J, van Ginneken E
Eurohealth 2020; 26(2):83-87


COVID-19 has affected the incomes of some health professionals by reducing demand for care and increasing expenditures for treatment preparedness. In a survey of 14 European countries, we found that most countries have incentivised substitutive e-health services to avoid loss of income. Health professionals have also received financial compensation for loss of income either through initiatives specifically designed for the health sector or general selfemployment schemes, and have either been reimbursed for extra COVID-19-related expenditures such as personal protective equipment (PPE) or had these provided in kind. Compensation is generally funded from health budgets, complemented by emergency funding from government revenue.

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