Medicines for Europe is organising today in Brussels the third edition of “Universal Access to Health, how can we contribute?” in collaboration with the European Patients’ Forum (EPF), the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).

Medicines for Europe Reinforces its Commitment to Promote Universal Access to HealthOver 100 participants will explore different ways and opportunities to ensure universal access to healthcare, together with members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and healthcare stakeholders. We have jointly agreed that this issue should be a priority on the European political agenda.

“We have now a great opportunity to accelerate our  work to date through the Patient Access Partnership and the Riga Roadmap, by also collaborating on the actions needed now to ensure the sustainable development goal on universal access becomes reality by 2030”. Nicola Bedlington, EPF Secretary General.

“Exchange of information and collaboration among the different stakeholders is indispensable to improve access to healthcare. The treatments must not only be available, they also have to be affordable. The annual meetings among the different actors in healthcare are a first step to foster dialogue in order to guarantee high quality health services for everybody”. Menno Aarnout, AIM Executive Director.

“The access to medicines debate is a social justice issue in Europe today. We need a comprehensive dialogue on all issues with a balanced involvement of all stakeholders”. Yannis Natsis, EPHA Policy Coordinator for Universal Access & Affordable medicines.

Better access to medicines leads to better health. For this reason, the EU needs to stimulate competition in pharmaceutical markets post-patent where generic and biosimilar medicines have demonstrated their ability to massively increase access to medicines without raising the overall treatment costs.

Speaking ahead of the event, Adrian van den Hoven, Medicines for Europe Director General, commented that “cooperation among stakeholders is key to improve access to healthcare in Europe. This annual gathering is a great opportunity to build a partnership with stakeholders to deliver access to high quality healthcare, including medicines to patients, while ensuring the sustainability of our systems”.

Medicines for Europe, EPF, EPHA and AIM are looking forward to further progress and milestones promoting better access for better health and to meeting in 2017 for the 4th Edition.