Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy

Edited by Tamara K. Hervey, Calum A. Young and Louise E. Bishop

The steady expansion of the European Union’s involvement in health over the past 20 years has been accelerated by recent events. This handbook offers an up-to-date analytical overview of the most important topics in EU health law and policy. It outlines, as far as possible, the direction of travel for each topic and suggests research agenda(s) for the future.
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Chapter 11: EU competition law and policy and health systems

Johan W van de Gronden and Catalin S Rusu

Abstract

Johan van de Gronden and Catalin Rusu investigate the extent to which EU competition law and policy may improve, or worsen, the efficiency of national health systems. The application of EU competition law to the behaviour of powerful market actors, such as the pharmaceutical industry, (social) health insurance providers or hospital chains, certainly has the potential to do so. But this may be at the cost of health-specific values.

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