Euro-Sante :: Euro-Health

  Does the proposed amending directive on providing medicines information to the general public (sometimes thought of as advertising) actually enhance patients’ rights? Will it lead to good regulation? The document in question can be found here. I’ll grant that a lot of people have been involved in this, so there must be some consensus,… » read more

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Vito Tanzi’s book on the modern state “Government versus Markets” is a mine of fresh perspectives. His subtle challenging of the ability of governments to intervene in market failure is thoughtful — when is market failure simply an excuse for hyperactive civil servants to do something, rather than clear evidence of a problem? And not… » read more

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A paper by academics Nadine Levratto and Evelyne Serverin, “Become Independent! The Paradoxical Constraints of France’s Autoentrepreneur Regime” (available here) shows the failure of this programme to generate entrepreneurial behaviours. What went wrong, and why should other member states not copy France? Since January 2009, when the autoentrepreneur category of working was first introduced, over… » read more

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The World Economic Forum meeting in Vienna this week will be grappling with the challenging problem of European innovation. The evidence is suggesting that rather than leading the world, Europe is worryingly backsliding. Worse, of course, is the public rhetoric is not backed up by actual real-world action by governments, who persist in the old… » read more

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Digital Maginot Line

As has been noted by other commentators, the French government has a problem with the internet, and endeavours to stave off its impact with ill-timed, and ill-thought out regulation. Of course, as a national government, they can try to build a digital Maginot line around France; they’re always doing that and as Santayana said, having… » read more

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The Grand Challenges

The State of the Union message by President Obama focused around key challenges facing the United States to embrace the changing world. His list included: education innovation infrastructure government reform This is not a bad list for starters. In my own work with clients, these are key recurring issues, which today take on new urgency,… » read more

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The health of nations and their peoples can be closely linked to the state of their leadership. David Owen, in his book “In Sickness and In Power” (review here), presents a variety of examples from recent history of leaders with illnesses and in what ways their illness affected their abilities as leaders. One particularly important… » read more

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Along with austerity measures to bring debt-laden countries into improved financial health will come some actions with an impact on healthcare and the health of people. Some examples have a specific impact and might include increasing the patient co-payment, introducing new co-payments, or reducing public capital expenditure on healthcare infrastructure. In other cases things are… » read more

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This is a list of the top 25 from the top 100 innovation cities prepared by Innovation Cities, based a combination of factors which together suggest a measure of innovation. More information at: http://www.innovation-cities.com/innovation-cities-top-100-index-top-cities/ Boston Paris Amsterdam Vienna New York Frankfurt San Francisco Copenhagen Lyon Hamburg Berlin Toronto Stuttgart London Munich Milan Stockholm Hong Kong… » read more

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In these days when the use of taxpayers’ money to bail out failing economies, and politicians are grappling with rising public debt, it is always timely to reflect on how the Commission spends our money. Without obvious evidence that it understands the notion of ‘belt-tightening’, meetings where the minutes are taken and the hours are… » read more

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