EPHA has published an open letter to the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO). Based on the recently released Annual Growth Survey (AGS) for 2013, the letter makes recommendations aimed at boosting investment in health and sustainable development.
On February 28, EPSCO Council met to discuss the AGS and formulate recommendations towards the EU Spring Council of March. The meeting outcome has great impact, not only on EU guidance, but also on national policies. The European Semester, launched by the AGS, is focusing on economic growth and fiscal consolidation, with unfortunately little action taken to promote better health, healthy ageing and improving the quality of healthcare.
Some of the shortcomings of the AGS 2013 include a lack ofattention to patient safety, and higher quality care and accessibility in line with EU values for health systems. Additionally, a lack of long term investments in health and social services as a motor for economic recovery has been highlighted.
EPHA’s letter provides recommendations to the EU Spring Council to invest in health through:
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