Mapping access is the leading priority of the Partnership in its first 12 months, and seeks to assess patient and other stakeholders′ experiences of access across Member States. The assessment is conducted through a questionnaire based on the 5A’s definition of access.
The questionnaire was developed with the support of Prof. Kyriakos Souliotis from the Peloponnese University, who will contribute to the analysis of the results. It evaluates different elements of the healthcare systems in the EU28, looking into their availability, accessibility, adequacy, affordability and appropriateness.
At the first stage the survey was piloted in 3 countries – France, Romania and Cyprus, and since August 2015 it has been extended to all EU Member States through national stakeholders′ groups.
The results of the survey will be a basis for the measurement tool.
The measurement tool is a longer term deliverable of the Patient Access Partnership and will be shaped by the results of the mapping access workstream. It aims to create a comprehensive evidence-based approach in measuring access and identifying gaps and barriers in order to support EU and Member States′ policy makers in addressing access issues more effectively.
The tool will be developed based on a review of existing measurements and indicators, literature review outlining weaknesses and limitations of current indicators, acknowledging the work being done by the “Expert Panel on Investing in Health”, and through consultations with key stakeholders.
This work stream aims to ensure that access is high on the political agenda at EU and national level and to use effectively existing instruments, including the European Semester process.
The workstream works in close collaboraton with the MEP Interest Group on Patient Access to Healthcare. The key objective of the workstream is to ensure that healthcare inequalities are properly addressed at the largest policy events in Europe, such as: the European Health Forum Gastein, Council Presidencies′ health events, European Parliament events, and so on.