Health Systems – the European Dimension
By Nathalie Chaze, Head of Healthcare Systems unit, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission
Each country is responsible for the definition of its health policy and for the management of its health services. The Lisbon Treaty calls upon the European Union to complement Member States' action by encouraging cooperation between them and lending support to their action. In fact, in recent years the EU has increasingly supported Member States in pursuing sustainability and efficiency for their health systems.
The EU clearly collaborates closely with countries involved in economic assistance programmes because of their harsh economic situations, as is the case for Greece and Portugal. In these progra