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In March 2013, the European Social Observatory (OSE) published its 9th Briefing paper entitled “Recent developments in the EU affecting national health systems”. This report aims to pinpoint and clarify a number of recent policy initiatives (2011-2012) at the EU level affecting national authorities’ leeway in health care organisation and funding.
In order to reinforce governance of economic policy in the wake of the financial crisis that began in 2007, EU economic actors have developed instruments that address national health systems from the perspective of public finances; these actors underlined the need for a greater control of public health expenses.
This analyse shows how a EU approach, which at first only suggested general health care orientations related to macroeconomic policies, was then converted over the past two years in some form of systematic surveillance – supported by the authority to issue official early-warnings and to impose penalties. The EU-IMF adjustment program explicitly includes instructions to reform national health systems.
Read the 9th Briefing paper of the OSE “Recent developments in the EU affecting national health systems” – March 2013 (Only available in French)