Sic transit mundi,
Brexit! The possibility has become certainty. Faced with concern and fear of an open European space, the recent vote in the UK reflects a tendency to retreat. Other Member States had already been weakened by these social challenges. We need a more humane Europe. Our demand is that the Parliament and the Commission enhance their proposals, but also listen to the stakeholders on the ground who place themselves at the disposal of the European citizen.
The UEHP reiterates its full responsible commitment in a renewed social space, which accepts all differences and initiatives. Europe must evolve, let's be an agent of change. The efficiency we offer is a guarantee of future stability, at the service of all. We had the opportunity to recall both in Sofia and in Potsdam, at the congresses of our members, that to deal with European problems, the only answer is more Europe.
At a time where political Europe is disintegrating, the Europe of private hospitalisation is beginning to organise itself
The mandate of the UEHP is clear. First of all, to promote private hospitals in Europe; a health care alternative that has become indispensable. In addition, private hospitals present a service that is complementary to the public hospitals system and thus helps to maintain healthy competition, which can only be beneficial to the patient. Finally, private hospitals show that it is possible to spend efficiently on care and at the same time, to offer effective quality of care.
The approach of the UEHP is so defensive because it is our responsibility to defend the views and interests of our members, the federations representing private hospitals in the member states of the EU.
The UEHP has always defended a European health care system model, a competitive situation between the public and private sectors, respecting common and shared rules, using resources rationally and productively, responding quickly to demand and constantly seeking to achieve quality and patient safety.
The guidelines of the UEHP conform to the priorities of the European institutions with a particular focus on the three main objectives for European health systems, specified in the joint declaration of the Ministers of Health of the member states of the EU, later transposed by the European Council: equality of access, quality of care and the sustainability of health systems.
If health is a national issue, Europe will have its say. Europe's health is moving and we have to be engine!
Dr. Paul Garassus
Dr Paul Garassus is also President of the French Health Economics Society (SFES); General Secretary and President of the Scientific Council of BAQIMEHP; involved in professional training at Business School and University.