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If, as was stated during the symposium, an innovation is an idea transformed into something which is sold profitably, then the market for innovative products should be characterized by: a. complete transparency: in other words the rules of the game should be clear and well known; b. absence of fragmentation which is detrimental to the volume of sales and therefore to the generation of the capital necessary to fund R & D. The symposium, organized by the Directorate-General Information Market and Innovation of the Commission of the European Communities, aimed at: a. checking whether these conditions are present in the health service market; b. giving those involved the opportunity to voice their complaints, if any; c. identifying actions which might be taken at Community level in order to improve the situation. What was said, and also what was not said, confirmed the impression that the situation in the health service market is far from ideal. By having failed to act so far, the Commission has its share of blame for this unsatisfactory situation, it was said.

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Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: P. 233, HFL 139, 1984. ISBN 0-444-80561-3. PUBL. BY: ELSEVIER SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, AMSTERDAM, NL, (EUR 8845 E).
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