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Parliamentary questions
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12 August 2019
P-002285/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002285/2019

Guaranteeing timely access to affordable healthcare of good quality is a principle enshrined in the European Pillar of Social Rights(1). Under the framework of the 2019 European Semester(2), the Commission Country Report for Hungary(3) acknowledged that health outcomes lag behind most other EU countries, reflecting unhealthy lifestyles, the limited effectiveness of healthcare services, as well as significant socioeconomic disparities in access to quality care driven by an excessive reliance of the system on out-of-pocket expenditure. The Council adopted a recommendation on healthcare for Hungary(4), recommending that government take steps to improve health outcomes by supporting preventive health measures and strengthening primary care services.

The President-elect of the European Commission has declared to support the principle of a national minimum wage in all Member States(5), fully recognising that setting a minimum wage, amongst others for health professionals, as well as the wage-bargaining system in general is the responsibility of Member States and social partners.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/deeper-and-fairer-economic-and-monetary-union/european-pillar-social-rights/european-pillar-social-rights-20-principles_en
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52018DC0770&from=EN
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/file_import/2019-european-semester-country-report-hungary_en.pdf
(4)http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-10170-2019-REV-2/en/pdf
(5)She made this statement to the European Parliament on 16 July 2019 and in her Political Guidelines for the next Commission (2019-2024).

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