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-19 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.
Seventy-one lawmakers from the major political groups in the European Parliament have called on EU member states and the Commission to end fragmentation and improve coordination in order to better tackle the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded Europe that its piecemeal approach to investing in the digitisation of health systems comes at a cost, but not all countries and policymakers have yet learned the lesson, the chairman of the European Connected Health Alliance told EURACTIV.
Europe’s current health systems have been facing long-standing malfunctions which have led to almost 20% of health spending in Europe being “pure waste”, a senior official of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development told EURACTIV in an interview.
Social and traditional media, patient organisations and policymakers have all a role to play in providing clear messages when it comes to public health. But without proper investments in health literacy at school, fake news cannot be combatted, according to …
The COVID-19 crisis has put the resilience and agility of European health systems to the test in an unprecedented way, and has reminded us about the crucial importance of health and wellbeing for our societies.
Nathalie Moll is the Director General …