On 15th November 2022 the EU Health Coalition has published a vision for European health, supported by a set of concrete recommendations and policy proposals designed to make it happen. The Coalition is a multi-stakeholderinitiative exploring the future of healthcare in Europe. Its new vision will be launched today in Brussels at the 3rdEU Health Summit: Towards an EU Health Union.
It is time to think big. The EU Health Coalition’s vision is of a Europe where health and care systems are without siloes and centred on people and patients. Building on the learnings from the global pandemic, we strongly believe that health andlife sciences should represent the3rdstrategic pillar of Europe, for a true EU Health Union to be realised. We long for a Europe that takes a life-course approach to health –with a joined-up focus on health promotion, disease prevention and overall well-being –as well as on advancing the treatment, management, and cure of diseases. We want a system that works to address unmet health and medical needs and fights every day to reduce health inequalities across society. We envision modern integrated services anchored in a value-and outcomes-based approach to health system organisation, financing, and management.
To deliver this vision, the EU Health Coalition proposes the following recommendations to EU policymakers which we believe are practical and balanced, bold and achievable and need to be implemented now:
Our health is our wealth
The EU Health Coalition supports the development of an EU Health Union. This underpins our call forpublic health and the health sector being considered in all EU policies and that health and life sciences be recognised as the third strategic pillar for Europe alongside the green and digital transitions.Today, as Europe faces a geopolitical and energy crisis, with rising inflation and a looming recession creating new challenges for Member States, we should remind ourselves that health is wealth. Our health systems are precious assets which we must nurture and protect. It is time for Europe to prepare its health systems for a brighter future for the patients of today and tomorrow.
About the EU Health Coalition
The EU Health Coalition is composed of 43 patient organisations, EU research-oriented medical societies, industry organisations, healthcare providers, regional and local health authoritiesand other relevant stakeholders, who all share a common vision. To find out more about the work of the EU Health Coalition, please visit our website www.euhealthcoalition.eu