The responsibility for
creating health systems basically lies with the member states. However, the EU
supports its member states in realising common objectives, pooling resources
and adopting EU-wide legislation that includes pharmaceuticals and medical devices,
preventing and controlling cross-border health threats as well as patient
mobility issues. Health policy has become increasingly more important as
the EU has developed. Major projects such as the European Health Data
Space (EHDS), revising general pharmaceutical legislation and implementing the
European “Beating cancer plan” reflect the importance that the EU places on
health and care policy issues.
order to make the health systems in Europe fit for the future, these energies
must be meaningfully combined at European level and common potentials must be
fully utilised without ignoring the special features of the national systems.
This also applies to evaluating medicinal products and devices as well as using
digitisation or joint research efforts to provide patients with high-quality