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Monitoring the efficiency of health systems: What does the European Commission need for pain policy?

Christoph Schwierz – European Commission, DG ECFIN, Belgium

  • The concept of fiscal sustainability
  • Health is main component of age related spending increases
  • Medical technology as main expenditure driver
  • Recent studies on economic impact of chronic pain and conditions with which it is associated
  • Policy implications
  • What would be needed for a pain policy at EU level?