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Parliamentary questions
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6 May 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003652/2015

According to Article 168, paragraph 7 of the TFEU, Union action shall respect the responsibilities of the Member States for the definition of their health policy and for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care. Pursuant to the Spanish Royal Decree-law 16/2012(1), foreigners aged below eighteen are entitled to receive healthcare under the same conditions as Spanish citizens.

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights provides in its Articles 24 and 35 concrete provisions for the rights of the child and the healthcare respectively. The EU Charter’s provisions are addressed to the EU Member States only when they are implementing Union Law. Therefore, the Commission would refer the Honourable Member to the Spanish authorities to report possible cases of infringement of this regulation.

In its communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems, adopted in April 2014, the Commission defined ‘increasing accessibility to healthcare’ as one of the three pillars for health systems. To contribute to reducing variation in accessibility to healthcare, ensuring equitable access within and across Member States and tackling inequalities affecting the most vulnerable population groups, the Commission has supported and will continue to support Member States on issues such as health system performance assessment, health workforce or health technology assessment.


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