Health First Europe brings stakeholders together in Brussels
IPOPI was invited to attend the Annual General Assembly and 10th anniversary meeting of Health First Europe (HFE), an alliance of patients, healthcare workers, academics and healthcare experts and the medical technology industry. HFE’s mission is to ensure that equitable access to modern, innovative and reliable medical technology and healthcare is regarded as a vital investment in the future of Europe. Several patient organisations including IPOPI and the European Haemophilia Consortium attended the meeting.
After a welcome address by HFE Honorary President, John Bowis, who highlighted the key achievements of the organisation in the last decade, Amanda Massay, HFE’s Executive Director, went over the organisation’s roadmap to 2020. A round table session ensued during which participants were asked to outline their EU health policy priorities for the next 5 years. Health technology assessments and the need to ensure stakeholder engagement, the Blood Directive but also newborn screening were some of the priorities discussed and brought forward by IPOPI and the EHC.
“Health can be described as a cornerstone of EU efficiency” (Tonio Borg, EU Health Commissioner)
EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg who was the keynote speaker at the event provided a speech on the future of health in Europe. He stressed how EU policies can and do support innovation. He also underlined the fact that EU health systems will need to be reformed to remain sustainable “we need to spend better” was one of the sentences he used to capture his arguments. The clinical trials directive, e-health, data protection, patient safety, were among the numerous topics he covered during his speech. Interestingly he also submitted the idea that all EU commissioners should have a policy on human health. “Health in all policies” may well be what is needed to ensure the EU which has come a long way in terms of adding value in health matters can do more in the future.
The meeting which brought together key health policy stakeholders was a source of very interesting information and provided the opportunity to exchange information on many topics of direct relevance to IPOPI.
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