Life Quality Europe - European Policy Summit
Why health is crucial to European recovery
Friends of Europe’s annual Healthcare Policy Summit entitled “Why health is crucial to European recovery” was held on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 in Brussels.
This year’s summit focused on how to achieve an efficient and innovative healthcare system throughout Europe in times of austerity and increased competition from emerging markets. Rising unemployment and reduced tax revenues mean most EU governments will be struggling to provide their citizens with reliable and affordable healthcare, but where can greater efficiencies be found? Can austerity measures be reconciled with a boost in medical R&D and innovation spending, which is a must if the EU wants to remain a global healthcare leader? Do we need a strategic agenda for the life sciences industry? Would a narrowing sectoral approach be most beneficial for the healthcare industry or should it be part of a wider approach to Europeans’ social wellbeing?