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Development Policy 08-04-2020

EU announces €15 billion to fight virus in developing countries

The European Union is to put up €15 billion to help poor countries fight the coronavirus epidemic, the bloc's chief announced on Tuesday (7 April).
Economy & Jobs 22-02-2019

EU Commission wants to support health systems better through structural funds

Many regions of Europe for poor medical care because there is a lack of doctors, money or infrastrcture. The Commission is now considering how the structural funds can help in a targeted way. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 17-12-2015

Bulgaria to tackle ‘nightmare’ health system

Bulgaria's medical system is causing a serious headache for everyone in a country which - despite massive healthcare investment and the most hospitals per capita in the European Union - has the highest death rate across the bloc.
Elections 06-11-2015

Finnish government close to collapse over healthcare reform

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä said his centre-right coalition government could collapse today (6 November) if it fails to reach agreement on healthcare reforms that envisage spending cuts of up to €3 billion.
Health 19-01-2015

Report: Health in the EU improves, but remarkable inequalities remain

EU member states have achieved significant gains in population health over the past decades, but large inequalities remain both inside and across countries, a new report concludes. 
Health 19-10-2009

Care for patients at home ‘to control health spending’

Switching from hospital care to monitoring and treating patients in their homes will help make public health spending more cost-efficient, according to Edwin Kohl, chairman of healthcare lobby group Costeff.
Health 07-10-2009

Health ‘forgotten’ in climate talks

Doctors and environmentalists believe the impact of climate change on public health has been largely ignored by policymakers as global leaders step up talks ahead of December's Copenhagen summit.
Health 29-09-2009

Dutch health system retains ‘Best in Europe’ crown

The Netherlands has the best healthcare system in Europe, according to the annual Euro Consumer Index. Dutch healthcare was top of the list for the second year running, this time with an even bigger margin of victory.
Health 24-04-2009

Parliament backs EU cross-border healthcare plans

The European Parliament has passed a landmark directive which would allow Europeans seek healthcare abroad more easily and be reimbursed for the cost of doing so. However, EU member states are still working to iron out a range of practical difficulties before the plan can be formally adopted.
Health 27-03-2009

‘The grey must pay their way,’ says health commissioner

Resolving Europe's ageing population crisis will require radical reform of healthcare and employment policies, a panel of experts said in Brussels yesterday (26 March).
Health 17-12-2008

Ministers divided over EU patient rights

Despite some progress, EU health ministers meeting yesterday (16 December) in Brussels remained divided over a draft directive regarding the application of patients' rights to treatment in other member states.
Health 14-11-2008

Dutch healthcare system ‘best in Europe’ in 2008

The Netherlands' healthcare system was this week rated the best in Europe by the annual Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI). Experts believe it could serve as a model for US healthcare reform.
Public Affairs 02-10-2008

Campaign seeks to boost interest in EU health initiatives

A new campaign by the European Commission aims to reach out to citizens via a website which showcases the bloc's initiatives to improve health care across Europe.
Health 10-09-2008

EU health ministers rehearse for major health crises

Gathering for an informal meeting on 8-9 September, the ministers emphasised the need to improve coordination and speed up reactions at European level to enable authorities to efficiently protect the public in case of major outbreaks of contagious diseases like avian influenza, SARS and yellow fever.
Health 17-07-2008

EU faces ‘long row’ over cross-border healthcare

A recent proposal to ease reimbursement of the health care European citizens receive while visiting other EU countries is just "the beginning of a long row," predicted a top Commission official as German diplomats warned they may challenge the legal basis of the draft directive. 
Health 03-07-2008

EU tables weakened cross-border healthcare directive

A Commission proposal published yesterday (2 July) to make it easier for citizens to seek care abroad could see its effectiveness limited after new clauses were introduced. These would allow member states to require patients to get prior authorisation for foreign hospital care and pay upfront themselves.
Health 30-06-2008

Europe urges more transparency of health spending

As the Commission readies to propose rules to improve cross-border access to health care in the EU, the 27 member states together with 26 other World Health Organization (WHO) European region countries have committed to more accountability regarding the way their health systems are financed.
Health 29-04-2008

Commission promotes delivery of long-term care at home

Member states will need to adapt their national health systems to prepare for the expected increase in long-term health services due to the EU's ageing demographics, according to a new study published by the Commission.
Health 26-03-2008

Tuberculosis on the rise in Central and Eastern Europe

EU data and a World Health Organisation (WHO) report have highlighted the need for improved health systems to deal with a rise in drug-resistant tuberculosis in Eastern Europe and former Soviet states.
Health 05-03-2008

Stakeholders urge action on health services directive

Doctors, patients and citizens alike are urging the Commission to come up with a promised directive on the provision of cross-border health services. They insist that official discussions on the proposal must begin, despite fears they could trigger major negative EU campaigning by some MEPs ahead of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.
Health 28-01-2008

Confusion surrounds EU’s health services directive

A long-awaited proposal to codify the circumstances under which EU patients can legitimately be covered for treatment received in other member states could be either redrafted, withdrawn or downgraded, EURACTIV has learnt.
Health 06-12-2007

ICT networks prerequisite for healthcare at home

Technologies to deliver healthcare at home can ease the burden of chronic disease in an ageing Europe, but an integrated network enabling interconnection of different medical devices and linking patients to doctors and hospitals needs to be put in place first, argue public sector representatives. 
Health 13-11-2007

Report calls for increased accountability in healthcare

Healthcare systems around the world will become unsustainable by 2015, unless governments adopt new accountability standards on how the money is being spent, argues an IBM report, echoing earlier calls for more transparency in public health funding.
Health 24-10-2007

Vienna conference sets out priorities for healthcare ICT

Establishing electronic health records and connecting the information with hospital and remote environments such as the physician's office and private homes should be the top priorities for improving the quality of healthcare over the next two years, according to senior healthcare professionals.