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Legal Consequences of EU Accession for Central and Eastern European Health Care Systems

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Since the ratification of the Europe agreements, Eastern European accession countries are transposing community law into their national legal framework. The law approximation process in the field of health concerns three themes, viz public health, health–related issues, and the internal market. Although the health acquis has been largely focused on public–health issues, it is increasingly becoming clear that internal market treaty provisions may also affect health–related rights. For candidate member states this means that the common market has important consequences for health and their health–care systems. Therefore, this paper will examine the impact of relevant treaty provisions on acceding countries’ (public) health legal framework.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Erasmus University Rotterdam, European centre for advanced legal studies in health care, the Netherlands. Correspondence email: [email protected]

Publication date: December 1, 2002

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