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Are EU Member States ready for cross-border healthcare?

The transposition period for the Cross-border Healthcare Directive came to an end on 25 October, however it has been reported that many Member States are not prepared and have not set up vital information and control resources. An article published on Euractiv on 24 October revealed that some EU countries are falling so far behind that it could take years for them to fully comply with the new EU legislation and create the required control centres and information websites. Such Member (...)

[Conference report] EPHA 4th Annual Conference (4 & 5 September 2013)

CONFERENCE REPORT - EPHA 4th Annual Conference 4-5 September 2013, Brussels (1251 KB pdf) You can also download the Conference’s: ☐ Press statement ☐ Agenda ☐ Speakers biographies ☐ Photo gallery

[Lithuanian Health Forum 2013] Sustainable Health Systems for Inclusive Growth in Europe

The main aim of this Conference, which will be held under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is to identify existing evidence on fostering the development of sustainable health systems throughout the entire Europe. [Joint Press Release] A Call for Action - The Vilnius Declaration Lithuanian Health forum 2013 will contribute to the reflection process on modern, responsive and sustainable health systems, which is the main non-legislative (...)

[Joint press release] Civil society urges decision-makers to step up action to tackle health inequalities

17 September, 2013 (Brussels) – On the occasion of two major recent reports reviewing trends and progress on health inequalities in Europe -by the European Commission (1) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (2)-, EPHA and its partners (3) call - yet again - for urgent and concerted action among all relevant actors to close the huge, persistent and growing health divide between the richest and the poorest in our societies. Despite this issue being high on political agendas for the (...)

[EPHA 4th Annual Conference] Health actors unite to call on EU to put people’s health and well-being back on top of its political priorities

September 10, Brussels - On 4 and 5 September 2013, and in an official event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) celebrated 20 years helping shape Europe’s public health. This two-day conference entitled “Brave New World: Inclusive Growth and Well-Being or Vested Interests and Lost Generations?’’ brought together more than 30 speakers (1) from all across Europe’s health professions, (...)

EPHA 4th Annual Conference 4-5 September 2013, Brussels

In an official event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) will celebrate, on 4 and 5 September 2013, 20 years of helping shape Europe’s public health. EPHA is using this milestone as an opportunity to look at how we can foster an EU that is coherent in its decisions, in terms of fostering the health and well-being of people living in Europe. Brave New World: Inclusive Growth and Well-Being or Vested Interests (...)

[2013 Patients’ Rights Day] Putting patients in the driver’s seat

On the occasion of 2013 Patients’ Rights Day (May 15) EPHA would like to stress that, although much progress has been made, there is still a lot of scope for health systems to benefit from an obvious, yet commonly underutilized and underestimated resource: patients themselves. As patients and consumers of health services - and we all fall into this category throughout our lives - we build up an enormous amount of knowledge over the years that takes various forms. Some individuals, (...)

[Médecins du monde] Access to healthcare in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia

On the 9th of April 2013, Doctors of the World International Network (Médecins du monde) presented its latest report, with some of the results of comparative data collected in 2012 in 14 cities across seven European countries. This report covers a sample of 8,412 patients, 19,302 consultations (including 10,968 medical consultations) and 11,921 diagnoses reported by their volunteer health professionals. In order to capture the context in which this data collection took place, a concise (...)

New evidence on access to healthcare: austerity marginalises Europe’s weakest

On 9 April 2013, EPHA member Medecins du Monde European office (MdM) launched a new report that documents the effects of the economic crisis and rising xenophobia on undocumented migrants and other vulnerable groups at risk of exclusion from healthcare systems. Results show that the consequences of austerity measures are particularly strong in Southern Europe where many undocumented migrants are living in an administrative limbo. They are being joined by increasing numbers of European (...)

EU Mental Health Compass update: economic analysis of workplace mental health promotion and disorders prevention

Mental health disorders impose significant barriers for the EU realising its policy objectives for improved public health and recovered economic growth. But what is the estimated contribution good mental health can add to EU economy? What numbers are to convince policy-makers and employers to invest in mental health promotion and mental disorders prevention actions? This Economic Analysis of Workplace Programmes gives answers to these questions. After launch of the Joint Action on Mental (...)