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Parliamentary questions
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1 August 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004131/2017

As clearly established in Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(1), the definition of the health policy and the organisation and delivery of health service and medical care are the responsibility of the Member States, as well as the management of health coverage and the allocation of resources assigned for this purpose.

The Commission is therefore not in a position to comment on the issues raised by the Honourable Member. However, the Commission does provide health data to assist Member State in their healthcare policies.

A good indicator of acute care quality is the 30-day Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) case-fatality rate. The measure reflects a number of factors from timely transport of patients to effective medical interventions along with patient factors such as AMI severity(2). In 2013, the rate in Ireland was 6.4 per 100 admissions to hospital for AMI of adults aged 45 years and over. This is lower than the EU average of 7.5.

In terms of regional disparities, Eurostat provides data on hospital discharges of in-patients per 100 000 inhabitants for AMI including subsequent myocardial infarction: 179.8 for Border, Midland and Western region, 127.4 for Southern and Eastern region and 139.3 for Ireland(3).


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