Posts for Health

GRPA Series: Many Countries Provide Universal Health Care Coverage to Their Citizens. Why Doesn’t the U.S.?

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Let’s start here: the global community agrees that health care is a basic human right. Seventy years ago this year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations said it was so in November, 1948, stating that every human on the planet had “the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.” Fast forward to 2018, and at least 58 countries have made significant progress to achieve this ideal, enacting legislation mandating universal health care coverage of its’ citizens. The United States has not. Read more...

Third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: A Turning Point for Action on Chronic Diseases?

Tuesday, 19th June 2018

On the 27th of September, Heads of State and Government from across the continents will gather in New York City to review progress on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for the first time in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This landmark meeting could be a decisive step in the response to chronic diseases globally and an occasion for the European Union to show leadership and commitment to dramatically decrease the burden of these diseases in Europe by 2030. Read more...

Health Implications of the Refugees’ crisis

Thursday, 11th February 2016

The arrival of refugees in Europe over the last year presents the EU and its Member States with numerous challenges. One of them is a pressing need to address the resulting public health consequences. Read more...

Adaptive Pathways: a good news story for Europe

Tuesday, 26th May 2015

At a time when the sustainability of Member States’ healthcare systems is at risk, the cost of medical innovation is rising exponentially and the influence of the payer is growing – the Europe Union has a pivotal role to play. While some progress has been made to address these challenges, the need remains for a European strategy for the life sciences industry and for a novel approach to managing the increased costs of medicines. As Helmut Brand, Jean Monnet Professor in European Public Health at Maastricht University, has recently put it: ‘Where is the leadership? Who is the face of public health in Europe? What is the vision of this administration? (Quoted by Peter O’Donnell, Politico, 20/4/15). Read more...