2013 Annual Convention on the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion: How to ensure adequate access to quality health care for all in times of economic crisis

On 26-27 November 2013, the 3rd Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion takes place in Brussels will focus on the implementation of the Social Investment Package (SIP), which urged Member States to prioritise social investment, and commitments for action at EU, national, and regional levels to pursue social policy reforms in this direction.

EuroHealthNet will be rapporteur in the workshop "How to ensure adequate access to quality health care for all in times of economic crisis", organized by the European Commission and the European Social Network.

Access to quality health care is important for economic productivity, disease prevention, wellbeing and social inclusion. Health systems in Europe are under financial pressure due to:

  • The need for budget consolidation as effect of the economic crisis,
  • The adverse effects of the crisis on health, notably mental health,
  • An ageing population and associated increase in chronic conditions,
  • The costs of developing and scaling up technological innovations.

In this context, how do we maintain adequate access to quality health care for all, including the most vulnerable - whether those already experiencing social exclusion and poverty prior to the crisis or those adversely affected by unemployment and personal debt in the wake of the crisis? This will be the central question of this workshop.

The latest Eurostat figuresindicate that after a rise between 2008 and 2009, social protection expenditure in the 28 Member States fell slightly from 29.7% of GDP in 2009 to 29.4% in 2010 and 29.1% in 2011.

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Further information on the Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion

  • For more information, contact EuroHealthNet's Social Policy Manager and Innovation Manager, Stecy Yghemonos
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