Time for a paradigm change? Incorporating transnational processes into the analysis of the emerging European health-care system

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Title: Time for a paradigm change? Incorporating transnational processes into the analysis of the emerging European health-care system
Authors: Stan, SabinaErne, Roland
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12452
Date: 1-Aug-2021
Online since: 2021-09-07T09:28:45Z
Abstract: Health services have long been insulated from the process of European integration. In this article, however, we show that we are witnessing their re-configuration in an emerging EU health-care system. The article uncovers the structuring lines of this system by focusing on three interrelated EU-wide processes influencing the integration of national health-care systems into a larger whole. First, the privatisation of health-care services following the constraints of Maastricht economic convergence and the EU accession criteria; second, health-care worker and patient mobility arising from the free movement of workers and services within the European Single Market; and third, new EU laws and country-specific prescriptions on economic governance that the EU has been issuing following the 2008 financial crisis. The article shows that these processes have helped to construct a European health-care system that is uneven in terms of the distribution of patient access to services and of health-care workers’ wages and working conditions, but very similar in terms of EU economic and financial governance pressures on health care across EU Member States.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
European Research Council
University College Dublin
Funding Details: Centre for Advanced Study (CAS)
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Transfer
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Start page: 289
End page: 302
Copyright (published version): 2021 the Authors
Keywords: Health systemsMethodological nationalismEU governancePatient mobilityLabour mobilityPrivatisationEuropean integrationEuropean health policyPublic policyEuropean social policyEuropean industrial relationsPublic services
DOI: 10.1177/10242589211026815
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 1024-2589
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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