The second area is entitled: 'Quality, efficiency and solidarity of health
systems including transitional health systems', enabling countries to
promote more efficient and accessible high-quality healthcare services in
Europe. The knowledge generated should empower the policy and decision
maker to better manage and reform healthcare systems in view of common
challenges and within the common framework of the European Union. It has
been recognised by the Council in its Conclusions that the health systems
of the EU are a central part of Europe's high levels of social protection and
contribute to social cohesion and social justice as well as to sustainable
development. The health systems of the EU reflect the overarching values of
universality, access to good healthcare, equity and solidarity, aiming to make
provision that is patient-centred and responsive to individual need.
The objective is to provide, in the light of new knowledge, scientifically validated tools to allow countries to learn from the experience of other health systems and their sustainability, taking into account the importance of national contexts and population characteristics (ageing, mobility, migration, education, socioeconomic status and the changing world of work etc.). The focus is on organisational, financial and regulatory aspects of health systems (assessing the cost, efficiency and benefits of different interventions including patient safety), their implementation and their outcomes in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and equity (including disadvantaged groups). Special attention is to be paid to investment issues and human resources, including homecare strategies. This area has 26 projects including EU policy support projects, accounting for some EUR 63.5 million in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding support.