Informal Meeting of Ministers for Health in Vilnius:extracts from the press conference by Vytenis Povilas ANDRIUKAITIS, Lithuanian Minister for Health; and Tonio BORG, Member of the EC in charge of Health
Lieu: Vilnius, Lithuania
End production: 09/07/2013 First transmission: 09/07/2013
The Informal Meeting of Ministers for Health will discuss issues relevant for the Member States of the European Union. The meeting represents an excellent opportunity to enhance cooperation between the Member States, in order to make combined efforts to foster the health of European Union citizens.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in Latvian) by Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Lithuanian Minister for Health: We discussed three issues: first, sustainable health systems, second, mental health of aged people and third smoking prevention amongst young people.
As you know well the health systems of the European Union face many challenges today and we have common challenges such us demographic changes, then exposure of our public finances, introduction on new technologies and growing inequality in the youth of health services. Member states to insure access to a quality of health care and make it affordable have to find the way to overcome the mention issues because indeed only sustainable health systems can help find us to find solutions.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health: We have to find these means of cutting costs but spending in a more intelligent way without prejudicing health care. The main mantra which everybody mentions at the Council is that the economic crisis should never be a health crisis. We have to spend in a smarter way, and there are ways to do it. For example we have to develop the E-Health, and the Commission will help because we have a network. We are introducing guidelines on patients' records, we are also discussing on the possibility of a prescription being recognised in another member state.
|| Departure of the speakers