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TITLE European primary care   European_primary_care_final.pdf (1.08 MB)
Document ID LIB487
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 26/06/1905
Document reference 2004/20E
Original language of the document English
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Health


Short description  One of the respects in which the healthcare systems operating in EU member states – both old and new – differ most markedly is in terms of the organisation of primary care. As the EU’s healthcare systems converge, strategic decisions will have to be made regarding primary care.
Against this background, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport asked advice
from the Health Council on the current level of knowledge with regard to organisation
and significance of primary care. The request for advice contained three questions. In this advisory report, compiled by a Health Council committee, the Council addresses these three questions and formulates a number of recommendations for the future. This summary provides the general answers to the questions of the Minister and five key recommendations.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  The healthcare systems operating in the various member states of the European Union differ from one another quite significantly. However, all are under pressure from a number of pan-European developments and all are implementing reforms designed to ensure that their healthcare systems are able to cope with these developments. In view of this situation and the general trend towards European integra ...

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