Europe’s health after COVID-19

For many stakeholders, this public health crisis has helped Europe learn some lessons and the challenge now is to discuss what is next, how EU health policies can be better managed and coordinated. [Shutterstock/ Elvira Koneva]

Many EU countries are now experiencing the second wave of the COVID-10 pandemic and it seems that the lack of Europe-wide coordination that marked the first wave is still there.

Different COVID-10 tests and the re-introduction of travel restrictions are among the main problems EU citizens have to face in their daily lives.

For many stakeholders, this public health crisis has helped Europe learn some lessons and the challenge now is to decide what is next, how EU health policies can be better managed and coordinated.

The EU pharma industry has recently said that once Europe emerges from this crisis, we should not only rebuild our economies and get our societies back on their feet but also “take the opportunity to implement an ambitious reform agenda for European health systems”.

Funding healthcare, saving costs, digitising the sector and putting patients at the centre of the discussion will be among the main priorities EU policymakers will have to push forward in the years to come.

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