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European countries face similar problems of demographic ageing and higher patient expectations

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1388
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Despite their very different structures, national healthcare systems in Europe all face the same challenge of providing high quality treatment against a background of hard pressed budgets and the increased costs of demographic ageing and developments in medical technology.

    To help countries achieve their goals, the European Commission has made its first ever attempt to present a macroeconomic picture of the health sector in Europe.

    The report, which was published earlier this month, will be examined by European Union leaders at their Barcelona summit meeting in March. It will also feed into the broad economic policy guidelines that …

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