[EPHA’s recommendations on health systems:]


  • Health indicators on access to healthcare, or health system performance, should be included in the Social Dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU), as it will be equally important to determine the impacts of structural reforms on health systems.
  • Healthy life years indicators should be use more in the future; it is an important data tool for public health and shows the number of years a person can expect to live in a healthy condition without any serious disease.
  • Higher taxes on unhealthy products with the goal to reduce their consumption and help with subsidising healthy products.
  • Technology that better supports health professionals through monitoring activities and data collection, without the need to be connected to a computer.
  • eHealth and mHealth will bring many potential benefits to health systems, workforce and patients and so, therefore, needs to be implemented.
  • Support new drugs coming to the market that have additional therapeutic value compared to medicines currently available on the market.
  • EC’s idea to agree on a minimum basket of coverage across the EU, which should include comprehensive and universal community and hospital care to reduce access inequalities between and within Member States.

[EPHA’s concerns about health systems:]


  • Significant reductions in healthcare budgets risk creating new inefficiencies, undermining access and quality of care and damaging health outcomes.
  • The role of prevention that makes health systems more resilient. EPHA regrets that only 3% of health budgets are dedicated to prevention compared to 97% for treatment.
  • Recognition that co-payments should not hinder people’s capacity to access healthcare, because patients could postpone seeking care while having financial problems.
  • The important role of communication between health systems and the general public. More attention should be given to elderly and community care to face current challenges and respond to people’s needs.
Last modified on August 20 2014.