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.