Strategic investments for the future of healthcare
Financing possibilities for the healthcare sector at EU level exists. If it is acknowledged that the EU-level financing will never cover all needs, it is a welcome complement. UEHP has been invited from the European commission as relevant stakeholder to the seminar “Strategic investments for the future of healthcare”, held in Brussels on 27th February. The seminar was a unique opportunity to learn more about investment possibilities at EU level for innovative forms of healthcare.
The seminar was organised by the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), in co-operation with DG Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), DG for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The event aimed to promote the Investment Plan for Europe and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) in the health sector and to encourage the community of stakeholders in health to design and implement new forms of healthcare, which are necessary part of structural reforms in health systems. Channelling new forms of investments, including using EU financial instruments such as EFSI, which absorbs part of the investment risk and has already benefited major health projects in various Member States, can play a key role in this context.
UEHP is currently collecting information about how to access such funding in the different countries.
Beside that, EFSI published a Fact sheet on mobilising funds for the health sector, providing a series of tips and examples on how the Investment Plan for Europe can be utilised for:
Medical research; innovation in products, services and solutions; new models of health infrastructure especially for primary and integrated forms of care; new technologies and e-health; medical education and training.