Ellen Kuhlmann and others explain the effects of EU Health Law and Policy on health professionals. Drawing on new empirical data, they show how the EU’s free movement law, combined with its fiscal disciplines, have challenging effects on sustainability of healthcare systems. Professional mobility is based on the logic of individual rights and opportunities for health professionals, which clashes with the population-based logic of healthcare systems when health professionals are free to move – reducing accountability and draining a country of a qualified medical workforce. While some improvements have been made, notably through the Working Time Directive, moves in this area are still framed in terms of labour market policy, which lacks the ability to overcome market-based logics, rather than the solidary basis of health policy.
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