The decade since the breakup of the Soviet Union has brought enormous political and socioeconomic change. The health sector has not been spared the effects of transition, and the countries emerging from the process have each engaged to varying degrees in health system reform. It is at last possible to reach some judgement about how this process has unfolded, to identify successes and failures, and to understand better the scale and nature of the remaining challenges. It is now timely to take stock of these experiences and to draw lessons for the future development of health systems in this complex and dynamic region.
European Observatory on Health Care Systems, Copenhagen, Denmark