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Health, Healthcare and Ageing Populations in Europe, a Human Rights Challenge for European Health Systems

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Demographic changes (ageing populations) are a challenge for European health systems. Innovative solutions must ensure elderly patients equitable access to good quality, affordable healthcare. De-centralisation and de-institutionalisation in healthcare for the elderly have become policy priorities for European countries. Local governments must have sufficient experience for the necessary integration of health and social services. New ways of looking at health care systems are necessary for reasons of quality, accessibility, and costs-effectiveness. The implementation and co-ordinated monitoring of the health- and care rights of the aged in Europe should be given full attention. There needs to be a handbook on elderly as well as an ombudsman. The exchange of experiences and best practices, oversight of the quality and effectiveness of the health- and care services and the system as such are indispensable.

Affiliations: 1: AmsterdamThe Netherlands

1 This article lays in the continuation of earlier publications in this journal related to ageing and health in particular, notably by Mette Hartlev, ‘Healthy Ageing — a patients’ rights perspective’, European Journal of Health Law 19(2) (2012) 141-156; Radmyla Hrevtsova, ‘Access of elderly people to affordable healthcare’, European Journal of Health Law 19(2) (2012) 157-176; Elisabeth Rynning, ‘The ageing population of Europe, implications for health systems’, European Journal of Health Law 15(3) (2008) 297-306.

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