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

 

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.


The meeting aimed to discuss the activities and progress made by PACT in 2015, and the plans for 2016 and beyond.


It also took place the appointment of the new Steering Committee members, for the period 2016-2017. As established in the Statutes, the Partnership Assembly could appoint at least 5 members to the Steering committee, excluding the Chairperson and the Secretary-General.
Partners proposed their candidates, per stakeholder category, and the following members were appointed for the next two-year period:


-    Anders Olauson, EPF and Stanimir Hasurdjiev, NPO on behalf of the Patients organizations (having reserved seats as founding members)
-    Birgit Beger, CPME on behalf of the Healthcare professionals
-    Andrey Kovatchev on behalf of the MEP Interest Group on Access to Healthcare
-    Lilana Keith from PICUM and prof. Kyriakos Souliotis from the University of Peloponnese on behalf of “Other healthcare partners” category.
-    On behalf of the Industry associations, it was agreed that EFPIA, EGA and MedTech Europe will attend and contribute to the SC on an equal representation rotating basis by their representatives, respectively Elizabeth Kuiper, Adrian van den Hoven and Tanja Valentin.

Following the very successful first year of PACT, the partners agreed on even more ambitious and tangible Work plan for 2016 building on the core objective of the Partnership to identify key hurdles in access to healthcare and develop innovative and sustainable solutions for addressing inequalities in access for patients in EU 28.  
The discussion during the meeting was quite fruitful and productive with many interesting ideas for new funding options as well as new initiatives in 2016 which will build on the Riga roadmap aiming to have a huge impact at EU level.



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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

 

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 Patient Access Partnership joins the European health community to call for EU Action on Access to Healthcare
The Patient Access Partnership joins the European health community to call for EU Action on Access to Healthcare

 

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

 

 

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

 

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


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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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

 

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)

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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? - 17 November 2015
Register now! Presentation and debate in EP - Access to Health Services in the EU - where are we and where do we need to go? - 17 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

Latvian Presidency conference in Riga - 29-30 June 2015
Latvian Presidency conference in Riga - 29-30 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 - June 2015
MEP Interest group on Access to Healthcare meeting in the EP - June 2015

 

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

 

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.