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In the past few years, several papers have been published in the international literature on the impact of the economic crisis on health and health care. However, there is limited knowledge on this topic regarding the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. The main aims of this study are to examine the effect of the financial crisis on health care spending in four CEE countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) in comparison with the OECD countries. In this paper we also revised the literature for economic crisis related impact on health and health care system in these countries. OECD data released in 2012 were used to examine the differences in growth rates before and after the financial crisis. We examined the ratio of the average yearly growth rates of health expenditure expressed in USD (PPP) between 2008–2010 and 2000–2008. The classification of the OECD countries regarding “development” and “relative growth” resulted in four clusters. A large diversity of “relative growth” was observed across the countries in austerity conditions, however the changes significantly correlate with the average drop of GDP from 2008 to 2010. To conclude, it is difficult to capture visible evidence regarding the impact of the recession on the health and health care systems in the CEE countries due to the absence of the necessary data. For the same reason, governments in this region might have a limited capability to minimize the possible negative effects of the recession on health and health care systems.

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] Moravcik M. , Bujnakova P. , Krkoska L. , Kotes P. Diagnostic assessment of one of the first generation of pre-stressed concrete bridges in Slovakia , 9th International Conference on Bridges in Danube Basin

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Acta Botanica Hungarica
Authors: M. Dudáš, P. Eliáš jun., D. R. Letz, Z. Bártová, and V. Kolarčik

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. Vaňko 2000 = Vaňko J. The Language of Slovakia’s Rusyns / Jazyk slovenských Rusínov

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Slovak Republic) (Eurokódex 2014 ). Balog , Boris , ‘Ústavné zákony v právnom poriadku Slovenskej republiky’ (Constitutional Statutes in the Legal Order of the Slovak

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Pollack Periodica
Authors: Štefan Tkáč, Lukáš Sečka, and Zuzana Vranayová

2511 2528 Nosko A., Ševce P. The evolution of energy security in the Slovak Republic, Journal of Energy Security , September 2010 Issue http

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Poland and Slovakia during the economic crisis 2008–2010

The influence of diverse exchange rate regimes

Society and Economy
Author: Krzysztof Bandasz

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). Cirner , M. , ‘ A Comparison of Public Administration in Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia ’ in I Dudinská and I Kozárová (eds), Public Administration Reform in Ukraine: Lessons Learned from Slovakia and Poland (Vydavatelstvo Prešovskej

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Literary Language in Slovakia . New York, 1996. Plišková 2004 = Plišková A. Пряшівска Русь. III. Соціолінґвістічный аспект. Rusyňskyj jazyk. Najnowsze dzieje języków słowiańskich . Ed. P. R. Magocsi. Opole

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Hungarian and Slovak. In: Susanne Fuchs— Martine Toda— Marzena Żygis (eds): Turbulent sounds. An interdisciplinary guide, 103–142. De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin & New York. Kiss Z

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