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The ECOFIN Council adopted conclusions on fiscal sustainability challenges as concerns health and long-term care systems on the 8th November. Health and long-term care contribute to higher labour market participation, longer working lives and productivity and are therefore seen as crucial in the context of an ageing society – as reflected in the council conclusions.

Getting more value for money through policy reform is necessary, and care systems in many cases face common structural challenges. The conclusions come in response to a report discussed by the Council at its meeting back in October2016.

Prepared jointly by the Commission and the Economic Policy Committee, the “Joint Report on Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems & Fiscal Sustainability” analyses healthcare and long-term care systems in the member states. It assesses how to contain spending pressures through efficiency gains, in order to maintain access to good quality services in a fiscally sustainable manner. Even more importantly, the document underlines the increasingly important role played by informal carers, calls for their recognition, provides official statistics about their number in each member states, summarises the support measures available to them across the EU and includes country profiles.

To access the ECOFIN Council conclusions, please click here.

To access the Joint Report on Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems & Fiscal Sustainability as well as your country profile, please click here.