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Public Health (20-03-2014)

Public consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Definition Primary Care by Health Expert Panel

Today, the European Commission and its independent Expert Panel which gives non-binding advice on matters related to “effective ways of investing in health” launched a public consultation on a preliminary opinion. The opinion on “a frame of reference in relation to primary care with a special emphasis on financing systems and referral systems” seeks to provide a core definition of primary care. It underlines the importance of primary care and makes recommendations for its strengthening in terms of infrastructure, organisation, access, and financing. Once published, the opinion should provide guidance to EU countries that are making efforts to improve the organisation and sustainability of their health systems.

The consultation will run until 11 May 2014. Interested parties are invited to provide comments on this preliminary opinion here: