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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

The organisation of health systems and delivery of care are Member States' responsibility as well as the cost containment measures in the area of medicines.

The Commission supports improved exchange of information among Member States on pricing and promoting their cooperation on a voluntary basis; such as the Network of competent authorities responsible for pricing and reimbursement(1), a European medicine price data base(2) and an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Project(3). The Commission is also working on an initiative to strengthen EU cooperation on health technology assessment(4).

The Cypriot healthcare sector remains characterised by a lack of universal coverage and various levels of inefficiency (i.e. improving competitive public procurement and stronger governance and coordination of the pharmaceutical market)(5).

Legislation aiming to create a National Health System and providing public hospitals with greater autonomy are key to improve the capacity and cost-effectiveness of the healthcare sector, but is still pending parliamentary adoption.

(1)Known as CAPR
(2)Euripid project http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/news/news492.html
(3)OECD Project on Sustainable Access to Innovative Therapies http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/pharmaceuticals.htm
(5)p.39 Country Report Cyprus 2017, https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/2017-european-semester-country-report-cyprus-en.pdf

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