The Rise of a European Healthcare Union

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The Rise of a European Healthcare Union. / Vollaard, Hans; Martinsen, Dorte Sindbjerg.

In: Comparative European Politics, Vol. 15, No. 3, 1, 05.2017, p. 337-352.

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Vollaard, H & Martinsen, DS 2017, 'The Rise of a European Healthcare Union', Comparative European Politics, vol. 15, no. 3, 1, pp. 337-352. https://doi.org/10.1057/cep.2016.3

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Vollaard, H., & Martinsen, D. S. (2017). The Rise of a European Healthcare Union. Comparative European Politics, 15(3), 337-352. [1]. https://doi.org/10.1057/cep.2016.3

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Vollaard H, Martinsen DS. The Rise of a European Healthcare Union. Comparative European Politics. 2017 May;15(3):337-352. 1. https://doi.org/10.1057/cep.2016.3

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Vollaard, Hans ; Martinsen, Dorte Sindbjerg. / The Rise of a European Healthcare Union. In: Comparative European Politics. 2017 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 337-352.

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