Having addressed problems relating to health and patients' rights in a number of opinions, the EESC is now examining this proposal for a Directive, especially since as well as presenting a response to the rulings of the European Court of Justice, the text concerns the rights of patients and steps to structure the coordination of European health policies in the Member States.
The text re-affirms that health systems fall under the remit of the Member States and leaves unchanged practices for reimbursing treatments provided. However, the provisions proposed will necessarily have an impact in the long term on health systems which are based on solidarity and financial sustainability. The EESC therefore raises questions about the specific application arrangements regarding the subsidiarity principle in health policy and makes some observations and recommendations.
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