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This issue of medicine supplies should be an incredibly easy one to solve at an EU level. This is exactly where the benefits of the economy of scale argument that neoliberals are always talking about should work for everyone. Think of the money saved by having drugs bought either at a regional or, even better, an EU level. It's got to have advantages in bookeeping costs for companies as well.

This is such a commonsensical idea. It is also an idea that can either be done through the EU political process or through state initiated cooperation plans. The incentives are certainly there for smaller states to cooperate. Leave it once again to the Baltics to show us how cooperation can have benefits. This issue definitely needs to be investigated.

by gradinski chai on Mon Feb 13th, 2006 at 02:23:30 AM EST
There are roughly 260 state mandated insurance companies in Germany. However the bulk of the people are members in one of the three largest companies, like the AOK (German network of General Local Health Insurance Companies) which alone insures 20.1 million persons. In other words: If all the citizens of the three Baltic countries were to join 1 insurance company its size would still be only 30% of the AOK.

"The USA appears destined by fate to plague America with misery in the name of liberty." Simon Bolivar, Caracas, 1819
by Ritter on Mon Feb 13th, 2006 at 03:31:59 PM EST
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