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Cross-border Healthcare report reveals implementation gaps, uncovers lacking knowledge of patient rights

A new EPHA report examines the progress of the implementation of the 2011 Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU). Following the European Commission’s own first review of the operation of the Directive, EPHA’s report calls for actions to ensure that the Directive does not exacerbate health inequalities by only working in favour of well-to-do patients and Member States. Among other measures this will entail tailored and (...)

Making Roma Health a priority – from formal statements to specific indicators

According to the EU founding treaty, ensuring human health and promoting solidarity towards equitable and universal coverage of quality health services should be part of all EU policies. That health should be a priority for EU policies is also confirmed by the Europe 2020 Strategy, which states that a healthy population is essential for achieving growth for all in a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU economy. But what are the challenges of making health a priority at national level in the (...)

European Parliament debate focuses on pros and cons of data driven healthcare

eHealth, mobile apps and digital medical services are sparking many hopes and concerns at the same time. The #Datacare debate held on 15 September 2015 at the European Parliament specifically explored the question, “What can data driven healthcare do for Europe?” In our globalised, digital world, things are changing rapidly and technology is an inevitable, driving feature of innovation. In the future, health systems are likely to be permeated more and more by technology. Now is (...)

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health

14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)

Evaluation of the Regulation on Tiered Pricing of Medicines

Supplying poor and developing countries with medicines at sustainable, reduced prices is one of the most important tools in the fight against major diseases, especially the “Big Three”, namely HIV, TB and malaria. After more than a decade since the Council Regulation (EC) 953/2003 came into force, to avoid trade diversion into the European Union of certain key medicines, stakeholders came together to discuss the overall impact of the Regulation at a workshop on 15 July 2015, (...)

e/mHealth success depends on civil society input and endorsement

Unsurprisingly, mHealth was a hotly debated topic during the 2015 eHealth Week hosted by the Latvian Council Presidency. In addition to the official conference programme, where the mHealth summit uncovered some of the latest developments in this area, the European Commission also organised a stakeholder meeting including industry and civil society representatives to determine the appropriate level of regulation for mHealth at EU level. European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (...)

[EPHA-TACTICS briefing] Child Injury Prevention in Europe

In the framework of the TACTICS project, coordinated by the European Child Safety Alliance, EPHA released and prepared a briefing entitled ’Mandated responsibility for Intentional and Unintentional Child Injury Prevention in Europe’ considering both EU legislation and WHO action at European level. The briefing addresses (Road Safety, Water Safety, Home Safety and Intentional Injury), providing background information on European standards and projects undertaken at European level (...)

[Evaluation] Hungarian Candidate Commissioner Candidate Navracsics Rejected for his Portfolio

After the Hearing of the Hungarian Commissioner Candidate Tibor Navracsics, the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education rejected him, for the nominated portfolio - Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship - while confirming him, as a Commissioner. This move is a result of controversial policies in Hungary with regard to civil society, media freedom and respect of Fundamental Rights and the rule of law. The inevitable reshuffle of the Commission provides for a next round of (...)

5th ESWI Influenza Conference highlights benefits of vaccination

The fifth international influenza conference organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) took place in Riga on 14-17 September. A number of plenary and ’science/policy interface’ sessions examined the issue of low vaccination uptake in many Member States, as well as other issues related to pandemic preparedness and communication aspects of influenza-related health threats. In the opening plenary, ’Why should influenza be a public (...)

Ebola: an open letter to European governments (published in The Lancet)

After months of inaction and neglect from the international community, the Ebola epidemic in west Africa has now spiralled utterly out of control. Today, the virus is a threat not only to the countries where the outbreak has overwhelmed the capacity of national health systems, but also to the entire world. [ >http://www.thelancet.com/journals/l...] We urge our governments to mobilise all possible resources to assist west Africa in controlling this horrific epidemic. Based on our (...)