EU Cohesion Policy invests in health, a key asset for regional development and competitiveness, in order to reduce economic and social disparities. Investment may address a number of different areas such as Europe’s ageing population, healthcare infrastructure and sustainable systems, e-health, health coverage, and health promotion programmes.

Health is eligible to receive support under several of the eleven priorities for Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020, including thematic objectives 2 - ICT, 3 - SMEs, 8 - Employment, 9 – Social Inclusion and 11 – Institutional Capacity.

ESI Funds investments in health are closely linked with the health policy framework, including needs assessment and cost-effectiveness.