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Parliamentary questions
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6 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000065-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Caputo (S&D)

 Subject:  Commitment to providing universal health coverage and the moral implications connected thereto
 Answer in writing 

During the confirmation hearings for the Juncker Commission, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, stated that he will work on supporting universal health coverage, strengthening primary care and improving quality and safety.

The theoretical and practical debate on the subject of ‘universal health coverage’ also involves moral considerations, as it requires choices to be made which promote human wellbeing but also meet sustainability criteria.

In order to achieve the improvements in care advocated by Commissioner Andriukaitis, decisions relating to public health should therefore preferably be made as a part of a systematic, multidisclipinary discussion open to as many participants as possible.

On 1 May 2014, the WHO consultative group published its report ‘Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage’. This document, drawn up by a group of philosophers and economists, provides a moral perspective on the choices that must be made during the development and implementation of universal health coverage (UHC) policy.

In light of the above and without prejudice to the competences of the Member States, how does the Commission intend to encourage consideration of moral issues in the development of UHC policy? Does it intend to categorise services into priority classes based on criteria such as cost-effectiveness, financial risk protection, universal provision of essential services and inclusivity of the most disadvantaged sections of society, such as the poor and those in rural areas?

Original language of question: IT 
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