Providing European citizens with access to safe and high-quality digital services in health and care is just one of the ways collected taxes are being used.
The European Union is working on the digital transformation of health and care services for its citizens. Such a transformation in a digital single market, will benefit people, healthcare systems and the economy. It can help increase the well-being of millions of citizens and drastically change how health and care services are delivered to patients.
Digital transformation can also help ensure the continuity of care across borders, the prevention of diseases, and the reform of health systems.
The Commission’s Communication on Digital Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market identifies three priorities of the transformation. The first is that citizens’ have secure access to their health data, including across borders. The second priority is personalised medicine through a shared European data infrastructure. This would allow researchers and other professionals to pool resources. The final priority is to empower citizens with digital tools for user feedback and person-centred care so that they can look after their health. This would also stimulate prevention and enable feedback and interaction between users and healthcare providers.
The tools changing health services
Digital technologies, such as 4G/5G mobile communication, artificial intelligence and supercomputing, are key to transforming how we receive and provide health and care services. They can enable innovative approaches that will allow for independent living, translate scientific knowledge into helping citizens maintain good health, improve the use of health data in research and innovation to support personalised healthcare, aid early diagnosis of diseases and more effective treatments.
Supporting this transformation, the Commission proposed the Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027. This will be the first EU programme entirely dedicated to investments in key digital areas. A budget of € 9.2 billion is planned to fund projects in the areas of supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills and ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society.
Building a tax culture
Educating students about how taxes can be used for the good of society, as in the case with Europe’s journey towards the digital transformation of health and care services, is not only important - it is necessary. Thanks to the TAXEDU digital platform, teachers have a range of engaging resources that are available at the click of a button. These resources, including microlearning and e-learning clips, bring lessons to life and help students make the connection between collected taxes and the services they use on a daily basis.
TAXEDU is helping to build a tax culture among young people.