New collaboration, new opportunities - better health outcomes for patients. Lithuanian health authorities and stakeholders join forces

New collaboration, new opportunities - better health outcomes for patients. Lithuanian health authorities and stakeholders join forces

 

On June 8, the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) and the Lithuanian Cancer Patient Coalition (POLA) held a stakeholder meeting entitled “Patient-Centred Roundtable on Working Together for Accessible Health”. The event, organized in cooperation with the Committee on Health Affairs of Lithuanian Parliament (Vilnius), Lithuanian Ministry of Health, Lithuanian Patients‘ Forum and the European Patients’ Forum (EPF), took place in the Lithuanian Parliament and was held under the auspices and with the presence of the Lithuanian Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Aurelijus Veryga.


The meeting was the first of several planned country stakeholder meetings to be held in selected EU Member States. It was initiated by PACT as a follow-up event to the PACT Regional Conference (12-13 September 2016, Sofia) where one of the main conclusions coming from the discussions between various stakeholders from Central and Eastern Europe was that the European Semester process should better reflect the country-level situation. An emphasis was put on the need to allow broader stakeholder involvement and input with respect to the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs). In this context, the meeting in Lithuania offered a timely opportunity for policy-makers and the healthcare community in Lithuania to increase cooperation and explore opportunities for effective engagement on existing and future healthcare policies with the aim to improve access to quality healthcare for patients.

 

Dr. Hasardzhiev, Secretary-General of PACT, opened the meeting by encouraging the participants – key healthcare stakeholders, to collaborate in order to build sustainable channels for multi-stakeholder cooperation for regular communication and exchange on pertinent and long-term issues of healthcare. Dr. Hasardzhiev expressed belief that improving access should be a key priority for future EU cooperation in health policies. He however emphasised that the responsibility for the results should be also carried at national level with all stakeholders united together to tackle inequity in access.   

 

In his opening address Minister Veryga, both a host and a distinguished speaker, expressed satisfaction with the willingness of the concerned stakeholders to attend the meeting and contribute for a common goal: to improve healthcare in Lithuania. He demonstrated commitment to work together with the stakeholders for patient-centred reform and welcomed the efforts for sustainable dialogue.

 

Representing European Commission’s DG SANTE, Mr. Jorge Antunes affirmed the importance of utilizing existing EU mechanisms for supporting national governments in healthcare reforms such as the European Semester. Mr. Antunes provided an overview of the 2017 Country Specific Recommendations for Lithuania which build on the recommendations from 2016 by affirming the need for improving health system performance with a focus on better outpatient care, prevention and affordability.

 

The meeting was marked by sound agreement between the participants to work towards transparent and committed cooperation in order to address the major healthcare challenges in the country. The participants identified key priority areas to respond to the Commission’s Country Specific Recommendations and agreed on follow-up actions.

 

Information for the meeting is available here.



MEPs call for continued EU engagement in healthcare
MEPs call for continued EU engagement in healthcare

 

Brussels, 12 September 2017, European Parliament


More than 70 Members of the European Parliament from all major political groups signed a statement callingfor continued EU action in the field of health and enhanced cooperation between EU Member States.


The statement was put forward as a follow-up initiative toarecent event of the MEP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare and the Patient Access Partnership (PACT), entitled “Future Scenarios for the EU: What role for Healthcare?”which addressed the role of healthcare in future scenarios for the EU and the possibilities to strengthen and improve it.


The publication of the “White Paper on the Future of Europe” earlier this year marked the starting point of a wide-ranging and undoubtedly long delayed debate on the future direction of the EU which raised concerned about the prospect of reducing EU engagement in the area of healthcare. This stands in contrast to the the demands of the Europeans who want to see the EU doing more in healthcare (Eurobarometer survey, 2017).

 

STATEMENT

MEPs and stakeholders call for more collaboration and joint activities in the field of health
MEPs and stakeholders call for more collaboration and joint activities in the field of health

 

Brussels, 27 June 2017, European Parliament


The Patient Access Partnership (PACT) warmly welcomes the efforts made by the European Commission in the field of public health and calls on Member States to make health a greater EU priority and to strengthen and step up current collaboration in this field. 


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Brussels, 13 June 2017

 

In view of the recent dynamics in the EU and the discussions stemming from the White Paper on the Future of Europe, the MEP Interest Group on Access will host a debate to discuss the European added-value in the area of health and the possibilities to sustain cooperation in future. 


PACT joins the European health community to call for EU Action on Access to Healthcare
PACT joins the European health community to call for EU Action on Access to Healthcare

 

Brussels, 1 March 2017, European Parliament

 

March 1, 2017 – The Patient Access Partnership (PACT) joins the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) with the campaign entitled “Universal Health Coverage For All”. We encourage policy-makers to ensure Universal Health Coverage for All by 2030 and foster EU cooperation on Access to Healthcare.

MEP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare welcomes Commission knowledge-building efforts
MEP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare welcomes Commission knowledge-building efforts

 

Brussels, 28 November 2016, European Parliament

 

The Patient Access Partnership (PACT) welcomes the recent joint Commission/OECD report entitled ‘Health at a Glance: Europe 2016’, which is part of the Commission’s current efforts to build a solid knowledge base as a resource for Member States in addressing challenges to their health systems. The report recognises that resources spent on ensuring better health outcomes should be seen as an investment – both with respect to the quality of life of patients as well as to society as a whole. 

PACT held a Regional Conference in Central and Eastern Europe to encourage stakeholder cooperation for better access
PACT held a Regional Conference in Central and Eastern Europe to encourage stakeholder cooperation for better access

 

Sofia, 13 September 2016

 

On September 12-13, the Patient Access Partnership held its first Regional Conference entitled “Cooperation within the region: a way to improve access to quality healthcare in CEE”. 

Parliament Interest Group on Access to Healthcare held an event to discuss access to medicines
Parliament Interest Group on Access to Healthcare held an event to discuss access to medicines

 

Brussels, 29 June 2016, European Parliament

 

The Patient Access Partnership (PACT) actively contributes to the discussion on access to healthcare and organised a meeting of the MEP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare on 29 June. This event was jointly chaired by MEPs Karin Kadenbach, Andrey Kovatchev, European Patients’ Forum Secretary General Nicola Bedlington and PACT Secretary General Stanimir Hasardzhiev, and provided an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to discuss the future needs of healthcare systems. 

Register now!
Register now!

 

Brussels, June 13, 2016 

 

In light of the current EU level debates and the upcoming own-initiative report of the European Parliament on "EU options for improving access to medicines", the MEP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare will host a special event to discuss European Commission activities on access to medicines on Wednesday, 29 June from 16:30 to 18:30 h in the European Parliament, room ASP 3E2 (please refer to the attached agenda).

Ministers of health of CEE countries discuss how to improve access to medicines
Ministers of health of CEE countries discuss how to improve access to medicines

 

Sofia, 3 June 2016

 

On 3 June 2016 the Bulgarian Minister of Health Dr. Moskov, hosted a ministerial meeting entitled “Working meeting of the ministers of health from Central and Eastern Europe on the issues of increasing challenges in the realm of the medicines policy”. The health ministers of Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Slovakia as well as high-level experts from a total of eleven CEE countries took part in the discussion (nine EU and two candidate countries).

 SAVE THE DATE - PACT Regional Conference - 12-13 September 2016, Sofia (Bulgaria)
SAVE THE DATE - PACT Regional Conference - 12-13 September 2016, Sofia (Bulgaria)

 

Brussels, 2 May 2016

 

On behalf of the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) we are delighted to inform you that the Regional Conference of PACT will be held on 12-13 September 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The conference is organised by the National Patients’ Organisation – Bulgaria in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria and the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). The two-day will welcome PACT affiliates from the countries in the CEE region (Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, including Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey).



The third issue of PACT Newsletter is already out
The third issue of PACT Newsletter is already out

 

Brussels, 4 March 2016

 

The third issue of the newsletter of the Patient Access Partnership is already available. It provides an overview of the activities for the last months as well as the upcoming activities in 2016.

 

Click here to read the Newsletter.

The special issue of JOC based on the EHFG congress has been published
The special issue of JOC based on the EHFG congress has been published

 

Brussels, 18 February 2016

 

The special issue of the Journal of Comorbidity based on PACT session during the European Health Forum Gastein in October 2015 has been published.

PACT appointed a new Steering Committee for the next two years during the second Partners Assembly
PACT appointed a new Steering Committee for the next two years during the second Partners Assembly

 

Brussels, 11 December 2015

 

On 11 December 2015, PACT partners gathered at the Information Centre of the European Parliament in Brussels for the second Partners’ Assembly of the Patient Access Partnership since its inception in 2014.

Parliament Interest Group calls for better data and effective measurement of patient access to healthcare
Parliament Interest Group calls for better data and effective measurement of patient access to healthcare

 

Brussels, 17 November 2015, European Parliament

 

The Patient Access Partnership (PACT) warmly welcomes the recent Preliminary Opinion entitled ‘Access to healthcare in the EU’, issued by the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH). The fact that the European Commission requested the EXPH’s advice on this specific topic is a clear sign of the increasing political attention, and the advice contained in the document will support EU and national level efforts to address inequities relating to access.

Register now! Presentation and debate in EP - Access to Health Services in the EU - where are we and where do we need to go?
Register now! Presentation and debate in EP - Access to Health Services in the EU - where are we and where do we need to go?

 

Brussels, 3 November 2015

 

Register now for the upcoming upcoming meeting of the Interest Group on Access to Healthcare, which will be held on 17 November 2015 between 12:30 and 14:10 h at the European Parliament in Brussels.

 

Please confirm your participation to info@eupatientaccess.eu by tomorrow noon (Tuesday 10 November).

EP adopted Pilot Project on effective measurement of access to healthcare proposed by the MEP Interest Group
EP adopted Pilot Project on effective measurement of access to healthcare proposed by the MEP Interest Group

 

Stasbourg, 2015, European Parliament

 

During the plenary session in Strasbourg the European Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position on the budget of the Union for the next year. As a part of the annual procedure the MEPs voted on a package of pilot projects. The experimental initiatives are key tools for the formulation of political priorities that could pave the way new long-term activities and programmes improving the lives of EU citizens.

The second issue of PACT newsletter is already out
The second issue of PACT newsletter is already out

 

Brussels, October 21, 2015 

 

The second issue of the newsletter of the Patient Access Partnership is already available. It provides an overview of the activities for the last months as well as the upcoming activities in 2015.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Facing the challenge of multimorbidity at PACT session in Gastein
Facing the challenge of multimorbidity at PACT session in Gastein

 

Gastein, 1 October 2015


On the 1st of October, the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) organised a session on “Facing the challenge of multimorbidity… how do we make it work for the patients” at the European Health Forum in Gastein. This session gathered a big number of participants from across the EU.

PACT session at the European Health Forum Gastein
PACT session at the European Health Forum Gastein

 

Brussels, 10 July 2015

 

The Patient Access Partnership will organise its own workshop at the European Health Forum Gastein, next 1 October 2015 at 10.45 h.


The workshop “…and how do we make it work for the patient?  will be part of the parallel forum 2 “Facing the challenge of multimorbidity”, and will address the patient  experience on accessing healthcare services.

PACT elected as most tangible initiative at Lithuanian Presidency Conference
PACT elected as most tangible initiative at Lithuanian Presidency Conference

 

Riga, 30 June 2015

 

The Patient Access Partnership was elected as the most tangible initiative following the Vilnius Declaration during the Latvian Presidency conference in Riga.


The Universal Health Conference which was held on 29-30 June 2015, was built on the core principles of the Vilnius Declaration and scoped out common ground where Member States can work together and support each other in the design and implementation of robust and resilient ‘all of life’ health and care services.

MEP Interest group on Access to Healthcare meeting in the EP
MEP Interest group on Access to Healthcare meeting in the EP

 

Brussels, 24 June 2015, European Parliament  

 

On June 24th, 2015, took place the meeting organized by the MEPs Interest Group on Access to Healthcare "Creating Synergies between the access to healthcare agendas at EU level" and was chaired by MEP Andrey Kovatchev. The meeting was held in the European Parliament and gathered together co-chairing MEPs, EC representatives, APAs, Health attaches and healthcare stakeholders.

Launch of the EP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare - January 2015
Launch of the EP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare - January 2015

 

Brussels, 27 January 2015, European Parliament 

 

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) launched on 27 January 2015 the European Parliament Interest group to tackle health inequalities and enhance proper access to high-quality healthcare for all patients. The main objective of the Group is to play a major role in providing a platform for discussion and concrete action, in cooperation with patients and the healthcare community. It will also promote synergies and knowledge-sharing regarding disease specific initiatives in the EP relating to access, and other thematic interest groups to ensure maximum effectiveness.