Thematic Guidance Fiche: Health (Thematic objective 9 - Social Inclusion and Poverty)
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The Guide provides policy guidance for key priority areas of investment in health, pointing at suggested lines of intervention. It is intended as a tool to inform recommendations to Member States on health investments under structural funds.
The health sector is one of the most important in public spending (accounting for almost 15% of all government expenditure in the EU). It also accounts for 8% of the total European workforce and for 10 % of the EU’s GDP. The sector is vital to ensure the health and wellbeing of EU populations and it is at the core of the EU's high level of social protection.
Health matters have gained prominence in the last years in the framework of debates on public spending and adequate levels of social protection during the economic crisis. Nevertheless, the pressures to reform national health systems were building up well before the economic crisis took hold. Pressures are connected to an ageing population, the burden from chronic diseases, the cost of new technologies, and an overall increasing demand for healthcare.
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