Document Type : Commentary
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
This paper discusses whether European institutions should devote so much attention and funding to cross-border healthcare or they should instead prioritise guaranteeing universal health coverage (UHC), inequalities and tackling the effects of austerity measures. The paper argues through providing the evidence in both areas of research, that the priority at European level from a public health and social justice perspective should be to guarantee UHC for all the population living in Europe and prioritise protective action for those who are most in need.