Well being staff, innovation, financing and wellbeing: moonshots for higher well being

Well being staff, innovation, financing and wellbeing: moonshots for higher well being

Health Care Financing

A number of the key elements to realize a real European Well being Union took the stage on this 12 months’s European Well being Discussion board Gastein

Well being staff, innovation, financing and wellbeing: moonshots for higher well beingJosep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Well being Methods and Insurance policies, on the European Well being Discussion board Gastein 2022. Credit score: EHFG

Tons of of policy-makers, well being consultants, neighborhood members and teachers convened on the European Well being Discussion board Gastein (EHFG), in Austria, to debate potential moonshots for a real European Well being Union. The EHFG 25th anniversary coincided with the tenth anniversary of a collaboration between Eurohealth and the Discussion board, in late September 2022.

“If not now, when?” was the pressing name to motion on the first version of the convention in three years, at a time when Europe and Central Asia live by means of a permacrisis that stretches past the pandemic, local weather change and battle.

The European Observatory on Well being Methods and Insurance policies led, co-led or participated in a number of periods protecting the essential function that well being staff play in well being programs; alternatives for innovation; challenges in well being programs financing; and a shift
in the direction of the economic system of wellbeing. Under you’ll find key take-aways and associated sources.

Scaling up, upskilling, and defending the well being workforce

  • A current report by the WHO Regional Workplace for Europe, ‘Time to Act’, produced in collaboration with the Observatory, describes how the well being and care workforce in all international locations of the European Area at present faces extreme challenges,
    particularly associated to age and psychological well being.
  • The density of nurses and medical doctors in Western Europe is considerably greater than in different elements of the area.
  • Change begins with merely acknowledging well being staff’ challenges.
  • Well being coverage ought to put extra effort in serving to hospitals and first well being care organizations help their workforce.
  • Transferring ahead, well being staff want a greater work-life steadiness, enough remuneration, coaching and analysis alternatives, and a constructive tradition at work.
  • “The pandemic has proven the strengths and fragilities of the well being and care workforce. The restoration of well being programs and future preparedness will fail until we correctly spend money on well being and care staff,” mentioned Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat,
    Director of Nation Well being Insurance policies & Methods at WHO/Europe.
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Lengthy COVID

  • One of many first challenges round lengthy COVID was the very long time it took to acknowledge it as such, and even the tendency to disclaim it exists.
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Pharma methods and entry to novel medicines  

  • Remodeling greatest practices by means of a sensible use of knowledge and digital applied sciences can promote progressive options that meet each sufferers’ and suppliers’ wants.
  • “A moonshot in the direction of sustained entry to medicines for all requires each progressive (rocket) science and a strong, collaborative, platform to launch from,” mentioned Dimitra Panteli, Programme Supervisor on the European Observatory on Well being Methods
    and Insurance policies.
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The monetary problem of growing progressive well being programs 

Economy of Wellbeing: from concept to practice

  • The economy of wellbeing is an investment rather than a cost; it’s about measuring prosperity in how people feel rather than in GDP.
  • Civil society organisations should be involved in developing wellbeing policies.
  • Common challenges in the economy of wellbeing include the lack of interactions between policy-makers from sectors such as economy, wellbeing and environment.
  • Finland showed that by focusing on the links between wellbeing and the economy we can achieve more equal health systems.
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Everything you always wanted to know about European Union health policy but were afraid to ask 

  • Authors of the third edition of the book presented an overview of this up-to-date review and analysis of European Union public health policies.
  • The book begins by explaining the basic politics of European integration and European policy-making in health, including the basic question of how the European Union (EU) came to have a health policy and what that policy does. Thereafter, it moves
    on to the three faces of European Union health policy.
  • Some of the dreams in this book have come true; others are still in the making, such as the European Health Union, the European Data Space, pharma strategy, public health protection, and the fight against tobacco.
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Onwards, together: a moonshot for a true European Health Union


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