The creep towards an EU health policy
EU Observer has an article how even healthcare is slowly Europeanized.
Some of the handles that Brussel is using according to the article are:
- Crisis management (HIV/AIDS, SARS and bird flu)
- tobacco advertising (EU wants to forbid it; Germany believes it doeesn't have the authority; the case is now at the Luxemburg court)
- European Court of Justice in Luxembourg: has ruled that health insurers have to pay in some cases for treatment in other countries
- European "reference centres" for (the treatment of) rare diseases.