As one of the epicentres of the global COVID-19 pandemic, European countries have found themselves facing a common threat. Nonetheless it has been challenging to mount an effective and coordinated response that displayed solidarity and good cross-border cooperation.
In the EHFG 2020 Closing Plenary, we will consider what the crisis means for the future of health in Europe: for public health experts, healthcare workers, and health systems. Does the pandemic threat signal an end to making savings on precious healthcare budgets and the start of greater investment in health and well-being? Does the crisis call for “more Europe” - a greater role for the EU in health and a renewed concentration on shared core values?
We will issue a call to action arguing that now more than ever before it is time for a European Health Union – not least to ensure that across Europe we are prepared for future challenges of the same dimension.
More information on the European Health Forum Gastein is available here