Introducing competition principles into health care through EU law and policy: a case study of The Netherlands

Van De Gronden, Johan and Szyszczak, Erika (2014) Introducing competition principles into health care through EU law and policy: a case study of The Netherlands. Medical Law Review, 22 (2). pp. 238-254. ISSN 0967-0742

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Abstract

A national health care service is one of the central pillars of the welfare state in Europe. Recent moves to modernise health care, alongside introducing efficiencies through competition have resulted in experimentation and a re-organisation of national health care systems. The experimental nature of the reforms has brought health care into the focus, but uncertain territory, of EU economic law, especially competition law. Added to these pressures, the new EU fiscal measures oblige Member States to avoid excessive budgets and macro-economic imbalances. One constraint on an EU-based system of competition in health care is the effect of decentralisation, resulting in variations at the national level. Thus a case study is taken of the experience in The Netherlands. From this case study, we argue that a new form of Euro-national competition law is emerging for the health care sector with national authorities taking the lead in shaping the contours of this law.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: EU Law, Healthcare, Competition, Public Policy
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law
Depositing User: Erika Szyszczak
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2014 11:55
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48926

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