Health-EU Newsletter

Issue 87, 22 March 2012

In this edition


Welcome


Health is wealth

Health is wealth


Nathalie Chaze, Head of Unit, European Commission, Healthcare Systems Unit, SANCO D2



Health is a value. Europeans want high-quality health systems because health is a goal worth achieving for all. But health has also an important role to play in our economy.

 

Health creates jobs and helps preserve them. One in 10 workers in Europe is employed in the health sector. A healthy person can find a job more easily and is more productive.

 

Health reduces poverty. European countries have agreed that everyone must have access to healthcare: it is a right enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. And guaranteed access to healthcare is one of the strong links in the "social chain" that keeps people out of poverty.

 

Health contributes to innovation. Some of the most innovative areas of our economy deal directly with research in health: pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology.

 

But health costs money too. Governments devote about one-sixth of their budgets to ensuring high-quality healthcare – funding, for instance, qualified and well-trained personnel, high technology equipment and innovative medicines.

 

Clearly, this money must be spent well. Which is why the European Commission invests in tools to better assess the relative effectiveness of health technologies, encourages joint reflection on ways for national governments to deliver care and makes a continuous effort to promote healthy lifestyles: better nutrition, safe physical activity and no smoking. Even with access to the best healthcare systems, not getting sick is always the best option.





News from the EU


High-level conference on antimicrobial resistance – Time for joint action

High-level conference on antimicrobial resistance – Time for joint action

This conference encouraged collaboration to counter overuse of antibiotics in animals and humans. Organised by the Commission and Danish Council presidency in Copenhagen on 14–15 March.


High-level conference on antimicrobial resistance – Time for joint action

This conference encouraged collaboration to counter overuse of antibiotics in animals and humans. Organised by the Commission and Danish Council presidency in Copenhagen on 14–15 March.


EU Health Programme (2008-13) – mid-term evaluation

The current programme funds projects promoting good health in the EU and complementing national health policies. The mid-term evaluation provides information on what has already been achieved.


EU Health Programme (2008-13) – mid-term evaluation

The current programme funds projects promoting good health in the EU and complementing national health policies. The mid-term evaluation provides information on what has already been achieved.


Chronic disease - invitation to provide input

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input until 15 April.


Chronic disease - invitation to provide input

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input until 15 April.


Directive on tobacco packaging online

Following the adoption by the Commission on 7 March of 14 new health warnings for tobacco packaging, the text of the new directive is now available on the internet.


Directive on tobacco packaging online

Following the adoption by the Commission on 7 March of 14 new health warnings for tobacco packaging, the text of the new directive is now available on the internet.




Reporting from across Europe


National campaign promoting careers in healthcare

France

National campaign promoting careers in healthcare

On 12 March, French authorities launched a new campaign to attract candidates for careers in the healthcare sector. A dedicated website is promoting 200 different careers for all levels of education.


Latvia

Maternal and child health plan (2012 14) – public consultation

The plan aims to promote coordinated and integrated measures to improve maternal and child health. Consultation open until 6 April.



EU Press Releases


Commissioner John Dalli in China to discuss health cooperation

During his visit to China, Commissioner Dalli met with the Chinese Minister of Health to discuss antimicrobial resistance and global health issues.


Commissioner John Dalli in China to discuss health cooperation

During his visit to China, Commissioner Dalli met with the Chinese Minister of Health to discuss antimicrobial resistance and global health issues.


"Clinical trials directive – meeting patients' needs" – speech by Commissioner Dalli

Commissioner Dalli attended a stakeholder event dedicated to revising the clinical trials directive. He advocated patient safety and clinical trials of the highest standard.


"Clinical trials directive – meeting patients' needs" – speech by Commissioner Dalli

Commissioner Dalli attended a stakeholder event dedicated to revising the clinical trials directive. He advocated patient safety and clinical trials of the highest standard.




Forthcoming Events


Alcohol in the European Union 2012 (Copenhagen, 27 March 2012)

Alcohol in the European Union 2012 (Copenhagen, 27 March 2012)

The conference will cover the main areas of alcohol policy and present the most recent data from European countries. Organised by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Alcohol and Society Denmark and the Danish Council presidency.


European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing: "From Plan to Action" conference (Brussels, 3 April 2012)

The conference will present the Partnership's strategic implementation plan and allow stakeholders to commit to concrete actions to implement the Partnership. Organised by the European Commission.






Focus


Healthcare economics

Healthcare economics

Activities at EU level


Health-EU – Care for me

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers

Public Health – Healthcare

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers

Public Health – Health technology assessment

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers

Public Health – eHealth

European Commission – DG Health and Consumers


News


Innovation in healthcare without borders – conference (Brussels, 16-17 April 2012)

Key stakeholders and policy makers will come together to address challenges in healthcare innovation. Organised by the European Commission.


8th annual World Health Care Congress Europe (Amsterdam, 23-24 May 2012)

Deputy Director-General for Health and Consumers Martin Seychell will speak about the EU cross-border healthcare directive.


System of health accounts (December 2011)

This joint publication from OECD, EUROSTAT and WHO provides a framework for the financial evaluation of healthcare systems – including evaluating how much national governments spend on health. It also calls for global health-accounting standards.


System of health accounts (December 2011)

This joint publication from OECD, EUROSTAT and WHO provides a framework for the financial evaluation of healthcare systems – including evaluating how much national governments spend on health. It also calls for global health-accounting standards.



EU Health Prize for journalists – Articles


"Deep Brain Stimulation – Awakening from depression" by Stef van Delft – national winner 2011 for the Netherlands

Gerard Bevers was the first depression sufferer in the Netherlands to be treated with deep brain stimulation. The "pacemaker" for the brain works wonderfully, according to patients.



Health Programme Projects


JA-EHGov – Joint Action eHealth Governance initiative

This Joint Action aims to support the eHealth Governance Initiative (eHGI), which serves as a platform for technical and political cooperation between Member States on eHealth.


Innovative approaches for chronic illness in public health and healthcare systems – conference

In 2010, the health programme financed a ministerial conference to encourage innovative approaches at European level for chronic illness.


EUnetHTA JA – European network for HTA Joint Action

This joint action seeks to foster collaboration in health-technology assessment (HTA) in Europe. It facilitates national solutions for delivering context-specific reporting of HTA results. 34 countries participate.


TeleSCoPE – Telehealth Services Code of Practice for Europe

The aim of the project is to promote European-wide confidence in and acceptance of telehealth.


DAYSAFE – Improving patient safety of hospital care through day surgery

This project addresses issues concerning ambulatory surgery by investigating day surgeries in several Member States.



Other interesting links


European observatory on health systems and policies


EPHA – European public health alliance


WHO Europe – Health systems


WHO World – Health systems


Health-EU. The Public Health Portal of the European Union
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