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European Commission’s Independent Expert Panel Publishes Opinions on Health Care Access, Primary Care Performance, and Paying for High-Cost Drugs

Country Correspondent: Molly FitzGerald

The 14-member Independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health has released three expert opinions in response to the European Commission’s mandates. The opinion on benchmarking access to health care in the European Union lays out guiding principles for benchmarking progress in reducing unmet needs for health care. The opinion on tools and methodologies for assessing the performance of primary care proposes a model across 10 dimensions for monitoring performance and recommends criteria for selecting indicators relevant to each country. Lastly, he opinion on innovative payment models for high-cost innovative medicines establishes broad principles for developing new ways of pricing specialty medicines that reward innovation while ensuring access.


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