MEPs welcome accurate measurement of access to healthcare as a basis for sound policy development
Brussels, 5 December 2018
In a meeting held in the European Parliament on 5 December, the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) and the Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare warmly welcomed the work done by the European Commission and ICF on a pilot project which aims to accurately and comprehensively measure access to healthcare across the EU. This pilot project came into life as a direct result of intense advocacy efforts on the part of PACT, the Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare and other key stakeholders two years ago.
Background to the project is the huge importance of access to quality healthcare to citizens′ well-being and social protection. Until now however, this complex concept has not been measured in a comprehensive and standardised way across the EU. Therefore, the pilot project aimed to first establish a conceptual framework of access to healthcare, based on a systematic literature and policy review and taking in the views of stakeholders and interested parties. This framework is based on 6 key dimensions of healthcare access, i.e. Availability, Affordability, Adequacy, Timeliness, Accessibility and Appropriateness.
These dimensions were then populated with a set of some 100 indicators – existing as well as new ones – in order to cover the wide spectrum of healthcare access measurement across all its dimensions (i.e. prevention, primary, secondary and long-term care).
The next step consisted of the development of an extensive accompanying strategy and roadmap, to facilitate implementation. In this context, ICF Consulting Director Katerina Mantouvalou underlined that ‘real access to healthcare will only become a reality with the cooperation and involvement of a variety of stakeholders to truly implement this strategy’.
The meeting therefore also provided the opportunity for representatives of Eurostat, Eurofound and OECD – already working closely with DG SANTÉ on current health initiatives and data gathering - to come forward with their views and recommendations.
Interest Group Co-chairs present in the meeting expressed their appreciation of the pilot project, not least because it delivers on one of the first priorities of the Interest Group. Biljana Borzan MEP stated that ‘this pilot will help us to obtain a concrete overview of the situation when talking about access to health and is crucial as we can never have any proposal for change if we do not have the right data’. Lieve Wierinck MEP also underlined the importance of robust measurement of access to health care ‘which will help to plan and implement change. However, in order to be really effective, cooperation will be needed from all stakeholders involved’.
European Patients’ Forum Secretary General Nicola Bedlington, chairing the meeting, thanked the Commission for taking the steps to ‘conceptualising access to health and to measure this as a first step towards concrete action to ensure that access will become a reality for all, irrespective of age, gender, employment or residential status. This is a basic human right’.
ICF representatives underlined that the tool as developed so far will be ‘live’ and flexible, to be improved and adapted based on experience and implementation.
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The MEP Interest Group on Access will host an event on the results of the pilot project ‘Towards a fairer and more effective measurement of access to healthcare across the EU’, carried-out on behalf of the European Commission (DG SANTE). The project aims to identify effective ways of measuring access to healthcare whilst developing a conceptual framework and a list of indicators to measure access in the EU.
The pilot project is a result of the proposal put forward in 2016 by the MEP Interest Group on Access following a close cooperation with the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) in the context of the need for comparable and timely information on access in the EU.
The meeting will provide a platform for presenting the results to health stakeholders as well as discussing with them the challenges and opportunities for implementation.
Among the invited speakers for the event are representatives from Eurostat, OECD, Eurofound, DG SANTE and DG EMPL.
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Brussels, 20 June 2018
The Patient Access Partnership, a patient-led multi-stakeholder network for better access to healthcare across the European Union, urges Member States to continue the negotiations in the upcoming Council meeting and during the upcoming Presidencies on the European Commission’s proposal on Health Technology Assessment.
Brussels, 5 June 2018
In a meeting held in the European Parliament on 5 June, the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) welcomed the Commission’s proposal regarding the future of EU cooperation on HTA and its potential to improve access to innovative health technologies for patients across the EU. This meeting, hosted by the Parliament’s Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare, aimed to gather health stakeholders’ perspectives on this proposal before the consideration of the Parliament’s draft report in the ENVI Committee on 7 June.
The event, jointly chaired by the Co-Chairs of the Interest Group on Access to Healthcare and PACT’s Secretary-General Stanimir Hasardzhiev, was attended by all Interest Group’s co-chairs and some 100 key health stakeholders....
Brussels, 21 May 2018
In view of the proposal by the European Commission to strengthen EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment, the MEP Interest Group on Access will host a debate on the future of EU cooperation on HTA and its potential to improve access to innovative health technologies for patients across the EU.
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Brussels, 2 December
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Brussels, 28 November, European Parliament
The Patient Access Partnership (PACT) warmly welcomes the recent Country Health Profiles and Companion report, published as part of the Commission’s ‘State of Health in the EU’ initiative and developed in combination with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The comprehensive reports are a valuable step towards the development of evidence-based policies for meaningful heath interventions and long-term integrated care.
Bucharest, 20 November 2017
On November 20, the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) and the Coalition of Organisations of Patients with Chronic Diseases in Romania (COPAC) held a meeting in Bucharest, entitled “Patient-Centred Roundtable on Working Together for Accessible Health”, to discuss opportunities for improving cooperation between Romanian stakeholders for better access to quality healthcare in the country.
The event, organised in cooperation with the Health Committees of the Senate and the Deputy Chamber (Romanian Parliament) and the European Patients’ Forum (EPF), was endorsed by the Romanian Minister of Health – Florian Bodog.
Brussels, 19 November 2017
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Brussels, 11 October 2017, European Parliament
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Brussels, 12 September 2017, European Parliament
More than 80 Members of the European Parliament from all major political groups signed a statement calling for 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 to a recent 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).
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.
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.
Vilnius, 8 June 2017, Lithuanian Parliament
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....
Brussels, 1 March 2017, European Parliament
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Brussels, 28 November 2016, European Parliament
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Sofia, 13 September 2016
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Brussels, 29 June 2016, European Parliament
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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)....
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).
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).
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.
Brussels, 18 February 2016
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Brussels, 11 December 2015
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Brussels, 17 November 2015, European Parliament
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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 email@example.com by tomorrow noon (Tuesday 10 November)....
Stasbourg, 2015, European Parliament
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Brussels, October 21, 2015
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Gastein, 1 October 2015
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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.
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.
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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.
Brussels, 27 January 2015, European Parliament
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