Related Theme: Social Affairs

EU health policy seeks to give all people living in the EU access to high-quality healthcare. Specifically, it aims to prevent illnesses and disease, to promote healthier lifestyles and to protect people from health threats such as pandemics.

While the organisation and delivery of healthcare is the responsibility of EU countries, the EU adds value to their work by bringing countries together to address common challenges, in close cooperation with international partners such as the World Health Organisation.

EU action is based on its Health Strategy, which aims to foster good health in an ageing Europe, to protect people from health threats, and to support dynamic health systems and new technologies.

The EU Health Programme complements and supports national action in the area of protecting and promoting health – including reducing health inequalities, providing more information and knowledge on health and cooperating with stakeholders.

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