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dc.contributor.authorDe Vos, Polen
dc.contributor.authorDewitte, Harrieen
dc.contributor.authorVan der Stuyft, Patricken
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-23T15:46:26Z
dc.date.available2019-08-23T15:46:26Z
dc.date.issued2004-04-01
dc.identifier.citationDe Vos, P., Dewitte, H. & Van der Stuyft, P. (2004) Unhealthy European health policy. International Journal of Health Services, 34(2), pp. 255-269.en
dc.identifier.issn1541-4469en
dc.identifier.issn0020-7314
dc.identifier.urihttps://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/handle/20.500.12289/9939
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.2190/PURT-1LY9-F0BG-RRUD
dc.descriptionDe Vos, Pol - ORCID 0000-0002-1672-6469 https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1672-6469en
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dc.description.abstractThe European Union claims that the defense of its welfare state is one of today's most important challenges. This article analyzes whether the European governments and the European Union really pursue a policy that strengthens their health and social security systems, or one that is in itself a threat to health and social security. After a summary of the origin and evolution of the European health systems, the authors pinpoint underlying reasons for reform and demonstrate how, since the 1990s, the European Union has built a strict financial and political straitjacket, forcing these systems to carry out privatization and cutbacks. Reform measures can be divided into three interdependent categories: (1) the increasing influence of governments on health care organization, to enable restructuring; (2) measures aimed at reducing public expenses, including higher financial contributions by patients and restrictions on the range of services provided; and (3) measures that establish competition and hidden or open privatization of services and insurance systems. Through these mechanisms public expenses are reduced while private health care expenses (and private profits) rise freely. Ongoing European health care reforms thus struggle with the contradictions between responding to growing collective needs and securing or increasing private profits.en
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.2190/PURT-1LY9-F0BG-RRUDen
dc.format.extent255-269en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBaywood Publishingen
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Health Servicesen
dc.titleUnhealthy European health policyen
dc.typeArticleen
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dc.description.volume34en
dc.description.ispublishedpub
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
rioxxterms.publicationdate2004-04-01
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qmu.authorDe Vos, Polen
qmu.centreInstitute for Global Health and Developmenten
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dc.description.number2en
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