It is well documented that EU citizens value good healthcare very highly – it is a priority and policymakers generally know this (if they don’t, then they should). Equity of healthcare across Europe does not really exist unfortunately, for various reasons, but it is a prize goal that politicians and stakeholders have little choice but to aim for. The large differences in health care expenditure cannot be explained entirely by the demographic, economic or technological differences.
Legal and institutional architecture of healthcare provision and financing is undoubtedly an important factor influencing the public and private spending in the sector. However, the high complexity of the system and variety of its features makes it very difficult to quantify and compare across the EU. This session will feature a chair, plus five speakers representing the Commission and Coordinators of the project as well as two speakers with a specific focus on SMEs.