If you ever need comprehensive and systematized information on the European Union’s health policy priorities and actions, as well as supporting arguments for strengthening its role in the field of public health, this report can be handy: The benefit of EU action in health policy: The record to date.
It talks about European health policy measures taken to date and their benefits for European citizens, economies and the Member States. The study concludes that EU health policy clearly achieves added value.
The study provides a brief overview of the legal framework, policy tools and best practice in each area covered: EU Health Programme, cross-border healthcare, pharmaceuticals regulation, medical devices, prevention and vaccination. It analyses the EU added value against the following criteria: economies of scale; free movement of persons; cross-border threats; promotion of best practices; networking; benchmarking for decision-making; unlocking the potential of innovation and implementing EU legislation.
The analysis concludes that EU health policy clearly achieves European added value and effectively addresses all of the above mentioned criteria selected for analysis. European health policy measures taken up till now are highly beneficial to and relevant for European citizens, economies and the Member States.