Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
The Commission monitors health data collected by Eurostat and has commissioned a review of published reports on the health impact of the crisis, which is expected to be completed during 2014. In addition, it has carried out a number of fact finding missions to Member States.
The Commission's proposal for the Health Programme 2014-2020 aims ‘inter alia’ at supporting the sustainability of health systems. The actions proposed by the European Commission within this context are expected to address directly the issues raised by the Honourable Member.
The Honourable Member can find relevant information in the 2010 Joint Report on Health Systems prepared by the Commission services (Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs) and the Economic Policy Committee in 2010(1). This report presents policy challenges to be addressed by Member States, some of which specifically aim to tap into potential efficiency gains. More precisely, these challenges focus on how to make health systems more cost-effective by addressing the way healthcare is delivered, as well as how reimbursement decisions are taken. The report includes a clear call for health promotion and disease prevention as well as effective use of health information resources.