OPINIONS AND MEMORANDUM FROM EC EXPERT PANEL

29/06/2016 1827 Views
OPINIONS AND MEMORANDUM FROM EC EXPERT PANEL

In June, the European Commission’s Expert Panel, which provides non-binding advice to the Commission on issues related to effective ways of investing in healthcare, issued a series of Opinions, as well as the Memorandum on “Reflections on hospital reforms in the EU”. The Memorandum looks at some of the current challenges facing hospitals in the EU and the actions that have been taken to remedy them.

The Opinions of the Expert Panel cover different aspects healthcare. The first Opinion presents policy responses to improve access to health services at both EU and national level. It points out that cooperation is vital here and that the EU remains ready to assist and support, but can only do so, if the Member States themselves are willing to take action. The second Opinion looks at how health policy could be reformed to achieve the envisioned objectives. Last but not least, the third Opinion includes best practices and considers whether or not healthcare services should be commissioned from private providers within the EU. This has already been acknowledged as a policy option by the Commission, but further research is necessary to assess viability.

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