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.

 

Among the adopted projects, for which funds should be appropriated in next year′s budget, is a proposal by the Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare. It was developed in close cooperation with the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) and addresses the need for comparable and timely information on access in EU through the improvement of existing indicators and the piloting of a new set of measurements. It also reflects the key findings of the recently published report on access to healthcare by the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, in which the importance of a credible and comparable tool was stressed.

 

The co-chairs of the Interest Group welcomed the plenary vote and pointed out that this project could strongly support the efforts of the Member States in tackling inequalities in access.   

 

"I am very pleased that the European Parliament approved our proposal, which should bring concrete benefits for patients across Europe. We need the right basis of information to be able to make smart investment in healthcare and develop policies to reduce inequities", said Andrey Kovatchev (EPP, Bulgaria).

 

"One of the key factors to better access to health care treatment and services, and prevention is health literacy of patients. Many patients do not have enough information and knowledge about their conditions and the various treatment options, nor about their rights. This pilot projects aims to change that, so I am very pleased that it was supported by a vast majority in the vote", commented Karin Kadenbach (S&D, Austria).

 

"This is a huge step for our new Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare which can help patients across Europe. I am looking forward for next stages of this project", added Katerina Konečná (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic).

 

"We cannot talk of real equality in Europe until all our citizens have equal chances to get effective and affordable medical treatment.  To remove barriers to equal access, first we have to identify them and the aim of this Pilot Project is just that", underlined Biljana Borzan (S&D, Croatia).

 “This Pilot project is fully in line with the Preliminary opinion of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, which emphasises the multi-dimensional barriers to access and the need to monitor the magnitude of access problems in a timely manner as well as measure changes over time and across groups of people. More importantly, the decision of the European Parliament is recognition of the need to measure access and the value attributed to the right of patients to quality healthcare.”, added Stanimir Hasurdjiev (Secretary General – PACT).

 

The cross-party Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare was launched on 27 January in the European Parliament and has already gathered the support of almost 30 MEPs from 15 Member States.



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Advancing the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in Europe

11-12 July 2019, Novotel, Brussels City Centre

 

Join us at the first health, multi-stakeholder event taking place after the European Parliament Elections!

 

 

As a brand new mandate takes us into the third decade of the 21st Century and with a new EU Programming period on the horizon, healthcare and non-healthcare stakeholders will unite to co-create the future of health together with the current and future policy makers. 

We will define the collective priorities and actions that are needed to advance the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 in Europe, and ensure equitable access to quality healthcare for all.


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Join us at our multi- stakeholder health conference in July 2019 taking place just after the European Parliament Elections!

 

11 & 12 July, Novotel Brussels City Centre 

 

As a brand new mandate takes us into the third decade of the 21st Century and with a new EU Programming period on the horizon, healthcare and non-healthcare stakeholders will unite to co-create the future of health together with the current and future policy makers.

 

We will define the collective priorities and actions that are needed to advance the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 in Europe, and ensure equitable access to quality healthcare for all!

Portuguese stakeholders discuss the need of a truly patient centered healthcare system
Portuguese stakeholders discuss the need of a truly patient centered healthcare system

 

Lisbon, 25 February 2019

 

On February 25, the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) in partnership with Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos (GAT) and the collaborative initiative MAIS PARTICIPAÇÃO Melhor saúde that GAT promotes, held a meeting in Lisbon, entitled “Patient-Centred Roundtable on Working Together for Accessible Health”, to discuss opportunities for improving cooperation between Portuguese health stakeholders for better access to quality healthcare in the country.

The event, was organized with the institutional support of the Health Parliamentary Commission and the Ministry of Health of Portugal.

MEPs and Patient Access Partnership call for continued and enhanced EU action on healthcare access
MEPs and Patient Access Partnership call for continued and enhanced EU action on healthcare access

 

Brussels, 20 February 2019

 

A meeting of the European Parliament Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare, organised jointly with the Patient Access Partnership (PACT) on 20 February provided the occasion for the formal launch of PACT’s ‘Statement on the Future of Health in the European Union’.

The meeting provided a variety of health stakeholders with the opportunity to take stock of the EU’s activities and achievements in relation to cooperation for the benefit of improving access to healthcare, to voice their concerns and to identify  remaining gaps and future actions that would be required taken to address these.


 

 

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The MEP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare in collaboration with PACT will host a meeting that will gather various stakeholders, MEPs, EU institutions’ representatives, member states representatives and experts from different Directorates of the European Commission and Parliamentary Committees to discuss EU cooperation in favour of more accessible health systems across the Union.


It will offer the opportunity to showcase the results of the various strands of work on access to healthcare as well as the efforts and key messages of health stakeholders to the MEPs ahead of the upcoming elections, including by giving voice to the perspectives of various PACT partners on how EU cooperation in healthcare can help improve access and reduce health inequalities.

 

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MEPs welcome accurate measurement  of access to healthcare as a basis for sound policy development
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.

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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.

 

To register for the event, please click here.

The Patient Access Partnership encourages stronger stakeholder cooperation in Health Technology Assessment
The Patient Access Partnership encourages stronger stakeholder cooperation in Health Technology Assessment

 

 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.

 

MEPs and health stakeholders discuss stronger EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment
MEPs and health stakeholders discuss stronger EU cooperation 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 Hasardzhievwas attended by all Interest Group’s co-chairs and some 100 key health stakeholders.

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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.

 

By providing the platform for an exchange of views it will seek to gather the perspectives of health stakeholders before the draft report of the European Parliament is voted in ENVI. The event will take place on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 from 17:30 to 19:30 in room JAN 6Q1 in the European Parliament.

President Juncker responds to MEP concerns over future EU cooperation in health
President Juncker responds to MEP concerns over future EU cooperation in health

 

Brussels, 2 December


In response to the statement signed by more than 80 MEPs calling for continued EU engagement in healthcare, President Juncker says he is convinced that the European Union can provide high-level added value support in the field of health.

MEPs and stakeholders meet to discuss the State of Health in the EU
MEPs and stakeholders meet to discuss the State of Health in the EU

 

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.



Romanian stakeholders discuss cooperation for better healthcare outcomes
Romanian stakeholders discuss cooperation for better healthcare outcomes

 

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.


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Brussels, 19 November 2017

 

 

With the two-year “State of the Health in the EU” cycle, the European Commission has teamed up with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies to bring together knowledge and expertise with a view to providing specific evidence-based tools for policy action. The result is a package of individual Country Health Profiles along with the Commission′s Companion Report highlighting potential areas of EU added value in healthcare. 

 

Against this background the MEP Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare, in cooperation with PACT and DG SANTE, will host a debate to discuss the findings and the way forward.

MEPs and stakeholders discuss Benchmarking access to healthcare in the EU
MEPs and stakeholders discuss Benchmarking access to healthcare in the EU

 

Brussels, 11 October 2017, European Parliament

 

The Patient Access Partnership warmly welcomes the draft Opinion, prepared by the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investment in Health (EXPH)entitled ‘Benchmarking access to healthcare in the EU’. This work is very much in line with PACT’s priorities and therefore, the organisation welcomed the commitment of the Commission in organising a hearing on this Opinion, hosted by the European Parliament Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare.

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

 

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).

 

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. 


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

 

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.

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. 

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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).

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).

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 Latvian Presidency Conference
PACT elected as most tangible initiative at Latvian 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.