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Parliamentary questions
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31 January 2019
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005827/2018

Access to timely, high-quality and affordable healthcare is one of the building blocks of the European social model. As one of its 20 principles, it is at the heart of the European Pillar of Social Rights(1), which is mobilising efforts at European and national level to move towards better healthcare systems.

Though the organisation of healthcare systems is according to Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU the responsibility of Member States(2), the Commission provides support through policy coordination in the framework of the European Semester(3) and through the European Funds to build more accessible, effective and resilient healthcare systems across Europe.

Challenges posed by cost sharing for medicines were highlighted by the Commission in the Semester’s Country Report for Spain in 2018(4). This problem, along other challenges, will be followed up in the 2019 Semester cycle.


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