News and analysis

News and analysis

News and analysis

News and analysis

Published:
21 April 2021
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Health
Medical care
Service quality

Healthcare policies aim to ensure universal coverage for all citizens. Even in countries where  the total number of doctors is higher than ever, ensuring access to adequate medical services for all is a challenge. In particular in rural and remote areas “medical deserts” occur. This is a term used

Published:
15 February 2021
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Contribution collection and compliance
COVID-19

As part of the wider economic stimulus packages to respond to the second wave of COVID-19, governments continue to temporarily defer the collection of social security contributions (SSC), or to exempt from or reduce the contribution payments of some population groups. To date, 68 countries have

Published:
18 November 2020
Type:
Analysis
Region:
Europe
Topic:
Difficult-to-cover groups
Bilateral agreements
COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed work arrangements. Teleworking has been introduced or expanded around the world to reduce the risk of infection at the workplace. This has also affected frontier workers in the European Union (EU). As they normally work in one country and reside in

Published:
9 April 2020
Type:
Analysis
Topic:
Employment
Extension of coverage
Social policies & programmes
Shocks & extreme events
COVID-19

The self-employed are a key pillar of economic activity in many countries. While often belonging to lower income groups, their social security protection is usually significantly less comprehensive than the one provided to employees. Due to the coronavirus crisis, many governments have taken