Universal health: Investing in Health and Wellbeing for All
June 29-30th 2015 Radison BLU Hotel Latvija, Riga, Latvia
The main aim of this conference, which will be held under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is to identify strategies to harness citizen participation to create efficient, equitable European health systems
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The Universal Health Conference in Riga next week will build on the core principles of the Vilnius Declaration and scope out common ground where Member States can work together and support each other in the design and implementation of robust and resilient ‘all of life’ health and care services.
Many would claim patients already are the centre of attention in our health systems. But for the most part, this is as passive recipients of care. It is time to end the lip service and support patients to be active partners in managing their own health and to start assessing quality of health services in terms of outcomes, not activity.
The Vilnius Declaration established a broad consensus around key areas for attention in reshaping Europe’s healthcare systems to face the future. This has spurred progress, but further effort is required in reorienting systems to focus on non-communicable diseases and the requirements of an elderly population, says Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
The pharma industry, with its close relationships to patients, clinicians and payers can play a pivotal role in promoting future efficiency of health systems, says Christoph Stoller, Senior Vice President Generics and Commercial Operations, Europe at Teva. The contribution will reach well beyond supplying medicines.
Vytenis Andriukaitis European Commissioner for Health
Guntis Belēvičs Minister of Health
Government of Latvia
WHO Regional Director for Europe
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