It is up to national governments to organise healthcare and ensure that it is provided. The EU's role is to complement national policies by:

  •    helping EU governments achieve shared objectives
  •    generating economies of scale by pooling resources
  •    helping EU countries tackle shared challenges - pandemics, chronic diseases or the impact of increased life expectancy on healthcare systems.

EU health policy, implemented though the Health Strategy , focuses on:

  •    prevention - especially by promoting healthier lifestyles
  •    equal chances of good health & quality healthcare for all (regardless of income, gender, ethnicity, etc.)
  •    tackling serious health threats involving more than one EU country
  •    keeping people healthy into old age
  •    supporting dynamic health systems & new technologies

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