Financing Sustainable Healthcare in Europe

Alarming Demographics - the Scale of the Challenge: by 2050, People 60+ Estimated One-Third of Europe's Population

Financing Sustainable Healthcare in Europe:

Alarming Demographics - the Scale of the Challenge: by 2050, People 60+ Estimated One-Third of Europe’s Population
Generation 80+ Expected to Grow by 180%

New Report to Highlight Novel Approaches for Better Health Outcomes

Health Policy and Finance Experts to Recommend Urgent Actions at Helsinki
Conference to Secure Quality Healthcare for EU Citizens

Brussels, 7 December 2006 -- Pat Cox, Chairman of the European Movement and former President of the European Parliament, today at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the EU presented the initial findings of a new report on “Financing Sustainable Healthcare in Europe”.

Starting under the Luxembourg EU Presidency in 2005, leading healthcare, policy and finance experts including from the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the European Health Management Association, the University of Toulouse, INSEAD and the London School of Economics in partnership with the Luxembourg Ministry of Health, the Finnish National Fund for Research and Development (Sitra) and Pfizer have developed a range of recommendations to improve healthcare quality and financing in Europe and to secure better quality outcomes for EU citizens everywhere.

Quality returns on healthcare investments

“Europe’s demographic shift towards an older population has raised dramatically the challenge of cost and sustainability of good healthcare”, said Cox, who is heading the Steering Committee of this novel multi-partner expert group. “However, the true issue is not the rising cost of an older population. In fact, it is encouraging that in most EU countries today people lead longer and healthier lives than just a generation ago. The issue is that governments need to invest their available healthcare resources wisely to provide best quality returns for their patients and citizens.”

In several workstreams, the experts have analysed the current status and are providing cutting-edge recommendations for the financing of quality healthcare in the future Europe.

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