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Parliamentary questions
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28 July 2017
Answer given by Mr Moscovici on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002438/2017

According to Article 168(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, it is foremost for Member States to decide on how to ensure access to healthcare for their populations and the Union action shall respect the responsibilities of the Member States for the definition of their health policy and for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care.

The Commission supports the efforts of the Greek Ministry of Health to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Greek National Health System as well as the quality and accessibility of public healthcare in order to fully meet the health needs of the population but also to ensure sustainability.

Amongst structural measures specific to the healthcare sector, the Commission supports the authorities in the broader goal of elimination of arrears and formulation of strategies to manage operations in compliance with the provisions of the Late Payment Directive.

The authorities committed to both of these goals, which feature in the memorandum of understanding under the stability support programme as per the Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/1182 under Regulation 472/2013.

This includes ensuring a regular flow of payments for current expenditure, implementing procedures to monitor average payment delays, while at the same time working to reduce and eliminate the back log accumulated from the past, prior to the merger of social security funds into the current single insurer EOPYY.

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