EU Health Coalition: Ten recommendations to build a stronger EU Health Union
COVID-19 has exacerbated many of the existing, underlying problems of healthcare systems. At the same time, it has highlighted the devastating impact that serious public health threats can have on both the health and wellbeing of our citizens as well as on our economies.
The current crisis has clearly demonstrated how healthy populations and economic growth are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Health now tops the European political agenda. We must not lose this momentum; investing in public health and healthcare systems will ensure that a similar health crisis will never impact European countries so profoundly again, while playing a vital role in stimulating the economic recovery of Europe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also shown us the importance of cooperation between sectors and actors in ensuring our healthcare systems work to their optimum ability in preventing premature deaths. 33 organisations across the health community have put together ten concrete recommendations on how the EU could lead in areas such as healthcare systems, policies for health, research and innovation, and health data and digital health.