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Med Law. 1992;11(7-8):591-5.

Europe 1992: conflicts between European law and national health law.

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  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


In this article conflicts between European law and national health law are discussed. National laws are no longer immune against the radical changes which are taking place within the European Community. National authorities also are not free to organize health care and develop health laws in their own countries without taking into consideration the consequences of the European legislation. Rules and regulations are needed for the organization and structure of health care, and health law regulations and directives are required. They have to contain stipulations to ensure, in the 'Europe Without Frontiers' expected after 1992, solidarity between the sick and the healthy, among age groups and income groups, in partnerships and regions with great and little demand for and the supply of health care services. For a consistent system of rules and regulations, a synthesis of the principles of European law and the principles of health law is indispensable.

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