Health Policy and European Union enlargement
Martin McKee, Laura Maclehose and Ellen Nolte (ed.)
Open University Press ISBN 0 335 21353 7 Hardback £65.00, Paperback: c£22.50
- What are the implications of the different levels of health in an enlarged EU?
- Will free movement of goods, services and people within an enlarged EU be good for health and health care?
- What have we learned from past enlargements?
European national policy-makers broadly agree on the core objectives that their health care system should pursue. The list is straightforward: universal access for all citizens, effective care for better health outcomes, efficient use of resources, and high quality services responsive to patients’ concerns. It is a formula that resonates across the political spectrum and which, in various, sometimes inventive configurations, has played a role in most recent European national election campaigns.
While there may be consensus on the broader issues, expectations differ between EU countries, and, with the enlargement of 2004, matters become more complex. This book seeks firstly to assess the impact of the enlargement process and then to analyse the challenges that lie ahead in the field of health and health policy. Written by leading health policy analysts, the book investigates a host of areas including:
- Health care investment
- International recruitment of nurses and doctors
- Health and safety
- Communicable disease control
- European pharmaceutical policy
Health Policy and European Union Enlargement will be of interest to students of health policy, economics, public policy and management, as well as health managers and policy-makers.
Martin McKee is Research Director at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Laura MacLehose is a Research Fellow at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
Ellen Nolte is a Research Fellow at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Lecturer in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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