EU law and the social character of health care

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P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2002 - Law - 259 pages
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European law is an increasingly important factor in the development and implementation of national and local health policy. Yet for many it remains shrouded in mystery. The situation with regard to laws impacting on health care is especially problematic as, typically, consequences arise from policies designed primarily to address problems in other sectors, which then establish general principles whose applicability to health care only becomes apparent once interpreted by rulings of the European Court of Justice. This book, written with the health and social policy community in mind, provides a comprehensive assessment of the main implications of EU law in certain key areas of health care. Contents: Health Care - Social Protection - European Law - Freedom of Movement - Pharmaceuticals - Medical Devices - Patient Mobility - EU Competition Law - European Social Model - E-Health - Cross-Border Health Care - European Court of Justice. &la" The importance of this subject cannot be overestimated and the authors have approached the issues in a comprehensive and innovative way. Through this project, the Belgian EU Presidency has created the conditions for a focussed debate on future health care systems in Europe. (Michel Rocard, Member of the European Parliment and former Prime Minister of the French Republic)

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Contents

List of Boxes and Tables
9
Introduction
15
CHAPTER 1
27
The Theoretical Basis and Historical Evolution
43
CHAPTER 3
59
Free Movement of Professionals
75
CHAPTER 4
81
CHAPTER 5
105
CHAPTER 6
147
CHAPTER 7
165
CHAPTER 8
193
The Way Forward
207
Bibliography
221
Index
243
About the Authors
259
Copyright