European Patients' Rights Day: 10 benefits the EU brings to patients

10 benefits

As an EU citizen, one can expect a series of benefits in the healthcare field: a high level of health protection; the right to benefit from medical treatment; access to healthcare; and preventive, diagnostic and curative treatment regardless of financial means, gender or nationality, among many others. These principles are enshrined in the European Union's Treatyand its Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the EU institutions are bound to them in their actions.

On European Patients' Rights Day (EPRD), let's take a look at some of the benefits of being a patient in the European Union, as underlined by the EU Commission.

The European institutions have shown great attention and support to the European Patients' Rights Day, whose European celebration organized by Cittadinanzattiva/Active Citizenship Network has always been hosted in Brussels by the European Economic and Social Committee rather than by the European Parliament, which has always provided its own delegation of MEPs. For its part, the European Commission never failed to remind us through its official communication channels (press releases, Health-EU Newsletter, social media/twitter) of its attention, always participating with its own senior officials, sometimes with the Director General if not directly with the European Commissioner for Health, in presence or by video-message.

For more information on what has been done by Active Citizenship Network across the years in occasion of the official celebration of the European Patients’ Rights Day, please visit this page and look at the photo galleries on Active Citizenship Network’s official Facebook page.

The European Patients’ Rights Day was launched in 2007 in order to improve in Europe and in each Member State the principles stated in the European Charter of Patients’ Rights. To read more about it, visit the dedicated section on our website here. To have a look at some examples of the hundred local/national celebrations of the EPRD carried out all around Europe, click here, as evidence of how the European Patients’ Rights Day has become a fixed cultural appointment.

Below are some examples of the official editions of the European Patients' Rights Day organized by Active Citizenship Network and recognized and endorsed by the EU Commission, as evidence of how the European Patients' Rights Day has now entered the European political agenda.

 

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The EPRD has many times been hosted in the Health-EU Newsletters of the EU Commission. Below the newsletter issues of the various years can be accessed:

2009
Issue 33 of April 2, 2009 of the Commission’s Health-EU newsletter publicized the 4th European Patients' Rights Day of April 18th, 2010, emphasizing how much patients’ rights are an increasing concern for EU institutions and stakeholders.

2010
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Issue 48 of April 15, 2010 was entirely dedicated to the 4th European Patients' Rights Day, describing it as an annual common occasion to inform, discuss and take action to improve patients’ rights in Europe and in every EU country and discussing about how patients and citizens associations are organizing events throughout Europe to celebrate the 4th EPRD.

2011
Issue 67 of March 24, 2011
publicized the 5th European Patients’ Rights Day, celebrated on April 11th and 12th, 2011focused on the real conditions and experiences of citizens in matter of healthcare services in Europe.

2012
Issue 89 of May 3, 2012
promoted the6th European Patients’ Rights Day, celebrated in Brussels, with a conference entitled "Active Ageing citizens at the center of EU health policy", which took place on May 15th and 16th, 2012. The conference aimed to encourage ageing citizens to enforce their rights as patients and as active citizens in EU countries with the objectives to: show how empowered ageing patients and users can help in meeting the challenges facing the European social model and changing demography; how they can minimize the risk of diseases leading to social exclusion; and promoting a broader alliance between citizens’ and patients’ organizations and with other health professionals, health institutions and healthcare structures.

To read more about the conference, please click here.

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2013-2014
Issue 110 of May 28, 2013
on the 7th European Patients' Rights Day, celebrated on May 15th, 2013, introduced the document “Ten benefits the EU brings to patients”, written by the European Commission on the occasion of European Patients' Rights Day in order to take a look at some of the benefits of being a patient in the European Union.

To know more, access the documenthere, read the EU Commission’s 2014 press release here, and access Issue 130 of the Health-EU newsletter of May 22, 2014.

 

2014
Issue 129 of May 8, 2014
celebrated the 8th European Patients' Rights Day,which took place in May 12th, 2014.

On the occasion of the 8th EPRD, not only did the EU Commission draft a newsletter to emphasize how the event was an opportunity for national and EU associations working in chronic diseases to share experiences and enhance their collaboration, but the European Commissioner Tonio Borg also produced a video message for the occasion. The Commissioner personally spoke about the European Patients’ Rights Day, describing it as a reminder that both national and European health policies need to deliver for patients, with patients and all health policy makers need to ensure that patients remain at the heart of our decisions and policies.

To watch the video message click here and to read the speech of the EU Commissioner Tonio Borg, please click here.

 

2015
Issue 153 of May 29, 2015
, on the occasion of the 9th European Patients' Rights Day, held on May 12th, 2015, released a new factsheet on the “Ten benefits the EU brings to patients”.

Access the factsheethereand to view the Commission’s communication campaign on Twitter in occasion of the 2015 EPRDclick here.

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EU Commission’s Twitter post dedicated to the factsheet titled “Ten benefits the EU brings to patients”.

2016
The 2016 European conference of the 
10thEuropean Patients’ Rights Day focused on the fight against waste and inefficiency in healthcare systems in Europe and on the best practices to increase the efficacy and the quality of patient care. For the occasion, Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety attended the event.

To know more click here and visit Active Citizenship Network’s official Facebook page.

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On the left is Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Security and on the right is the EU Commissioner together with Antonio Gaudioso, Secretary General of Cittadinanzattiva (left), and Mariano Votta, Director of Active Citizenship Network (right).

2017
In occasion of the
11th European Patients’ Rights Day, held on May 10th, 2017 in Brussels, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukatis produced a video message to demonstrate its support and commitment to the annual celebration.

To watch the video message, please click here.

2018
As for the previous here, also in occasion of the
12th European Patients’ Rights Day, held on May 23rd, 2017 in Brussels, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukatis produced a video message to demonstrate its support and commitment to the annual celebration.

To watch the video message, please click here.

XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019 - Speakers’ list

Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system
Focus on Digital Health and Personalized Medicine

 

10th April 2019
European Parliament, Brussels
Room PHS 7C050

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XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019 - Programme

Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system
Focus on Digital Health and Personalized Medicine

 

10th April 2019
European Parliament, Brussels
Room PHS 7C050

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Sharing good practices against pain

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Pain Euro-Mediterranean Coalition Annual Meeting 2019

4th May 2019
Location: Hotel Occidental Menorca
, Menorca Island (Spain)

The only theme park in the world against pain and quality of life, the Sine Dolore World Park, which was held in Menorca from May 1 to 5, hosted the second annual meeting of the Pain Euro-Mediterranean Coalition, the first civic center for the incubation of best practices against pain throughout Europe.

In this second meeting the participants debated the proposal of Dr. Jordi Moya that contemplates the creation of an International Multidisciplinary Pain Management Center Sine Dolore, an international pain treatment center where medical professionals from all over the world will offer personalized medical advice to the Patients who visit the Sine Dolore World Park 2020.

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XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019 - Programme

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XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019
Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system
A Debate on citizens' expectations
April 9th, 2019 (12:30 - 15:00) - EU Parliament, Brussels

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XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019 - Speakers’ list

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XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019
Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system
A Debate on citizens' expectations
April 9th, 2019 (12:30 - 15:00) - EU Parliament, Brussels

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XIII European Patients’ Rights Day 2019 (9th April 2019)

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Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system.
A Debate on citizens' expectations.
9th April 2019 - European Parliament, Brussels

At the occasion of the XIII European Patients' Rights Day, on the 9th of April 2019, a selection of candidates MEP for the new EU Parliament – representing different Countries and 4 different political Groups - have been invited to discuss different priority topics linked to healthcare policies at EU level, including health promotion & disease prevention, the value of and access to innovation.

In these days, a large number of Europeans believe the EU is heading in the wrong direction but we hope to convert that dissatisfaction into democratic zeal rather than political apathy. For this reason, we aimed to transform the Brussels event of the European Patients' Rights Day in a debate on citizens’ expectations about health issues, to ask to candidate MEPs to share their opinions on the challenges for Health in EU 2019 -2024. Indeed, we strongly believe that the reinforcement of the rights established in the EU Charter of Patients’ Rights will become effective only with the cooperation and commitment of all the healthcare stakeholders.

During the Conference an interaction tool enabled interactive Q&A, live polls and insights about the audience, giving to all the attendants – approximately a hundred people coming from different Member States – the opportunity to discuss and ask the MEPs about their future commitment on healthcare issues.

The event provided a civic perspective, putting and recognizing the citizens at the center of health policies, not only as “users or consumers” of health services or “patients” with a specific disease, but rather as active citizens participating in healthcare policymaking as essential stakeholders, strengthening our ‘European citizenship’ and trying to reduce the gap between citizens and Institutions, by showing also the benefits that the EU could offer to patients.

The Conference wanted mainly to exchange and discuss with candidates the needs of citizens and patients and how to strengthen their rights at European level, to contribute to set out the EU health agenda: influence and advocate on political priorities and to increase the cooperation among the EU Institutions and citizens & patient organizations.

As for the previous editions of the EPRD, about 100 people attended the conference. People selected among Active Citizenship Network constituency (civic & patients organizations, partners in EU projects, consultants, etc.); MEPs and their assistants; leaders of national and EU Brussels-based umbrella organizations/networks; European Commission members; relevant stakeholders (healthcare professionals, scientific societies, providers, companies, representatives of public and private sectors), media & Brussels-based PR agencies.
The event was kindly co-hosted by MEP Brando Benifei and MEP Elena Gentile from S&D group.

Click here to the Conference’s programme 
Click here to read the speakers’ biographies 
Click here to see the photos of the event 
Click here to see the webcast replay of the conference
Click here to read the press release 
Click here to download the Position paper on prevention, innovation and a new health governance for the new EU Institutions, drafted in May 2019 by ACN with the endorsement of 18 associations.

The conference has been realized thanks to the support of

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XIII European Patients’ Rights Day 2019 (10th April 2019)

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Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system.
Focus on Digital Health and Personalized Medicine.
10th April 2019 - European Parliament, Brussels

To continue the celebrations of the XIII European Patients' Rights Day, on the 10th of April has been held an event dedicated to Digital Health and Personalized Medicine. The aim  was to go into a topic related to several Patients’ Rights listed in the in the EU Charter of Patients’ Rights: the right to preventive measures (1st), the right to the observance of quality standards (8th), the right to safety (9th), the right to innovation (10th).

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TOWARDS HIGHER PATIENT SAFETY IN EUROPEAN HOSPITALS. Innovation in hygiene and sanification to reduce healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance

5th February 2019
10.00 -12.00
European Parliament - Room ASP1E3
Hosted by MEP Brando Benifei, S&D

Agenda

 

Moderator: Brian Maguire, Journalist, EURACTIV

10:00 - 10:20 Welcome address
MEP Brando Benifei,
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the EP
Mariano Votta, Director of Active Citizenship Network

10:20 – 10:40 Overview
Charles Price,
Policy Officer for Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated infection, European Commission Directorate for Public Health
Daniele Celotto, European network to promote infection prevention for patient safety (EUNETIPS)

10:40 – 11:00 The role of innovation in hygiene & sanification: a multicentre, prospective, intervention study
Elisabetta Caselli,
PhD - Section of Microbiology - Dept. of Medical Sciences, University of Ferrara
Luca Arnoldo, Hygiene and Public Health - Department of Medicine – University of Udine

11:00 – 11:45 PANEL DISCUSSION:
Denis Herbaux,
European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)/Director PAQS
Giuseppe Banfi, European University Hospital Alliance (EUHA)/IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele
Esther Calbo, European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)/Infection Control Program of Catalonia (VINCAT)
Melina Raso, Health First Europe

11:45 – 12:00 Comments from the floor and conclusions
Antonio Gaudioso,
Secretary General, Cittadinanzattiva

Read the Final remarks of Mariano Votta

To know more about the event click here

 

The event is realized thanks to the unconditional support of COPMA.

TOWARDS HIGHER PATIENT SAFETY IN EUROPEAN HOSPITALS. Innovation in hygiene and sanification to reduce healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance

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On February 4th, 2019, Active Citizenship Network organized a European training seminar on patient safety & healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), opened to a selected number of leaders of patients’ associations and advocacy groups coming from twelve EU Member States plus an Extra EU Member State (Kosovo). During the seminar, the following topics were presented and discussed:

  • The overall public and private engagement on the topic;
  • The role of innovation to improve hygiene in the healthcare sector;
  • The case history of the innovative sanitation system PCHS®;
  • New strategies to advocate in this field of action.

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AGENDA

Facilitator: Brian Maguire, Journalist, EURACTIV

15.00 Welcome and Introduction
Mariano Votta, Director Active Citizenship Network

15.15 Infections and antimicrobial resistance and their impact on public health
George Griffin, President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)

15.35 The commitment of the EU Commission on patient safety
Flora Kontopidou
, EU Joint Action on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections

15.55 The case history of the innovative sanitation system PCHS®
Elisabetta Caselli
, PhD - Section of Microbiology - Dept. of Medical Sciences, University of Ferrara
Paola Antonioli, Specialist  in  Public  Health  -  Hospital  Hygiene  &  Healthcare  Associated  Infection  Risk  Management, Azienda Ospedaliero - Universitaria of Ferrara

16.45 - 16.55 Coffe Break  

17-10 Global infection prevention and control priorities 2018–22: a call for action
Daniele Celotto
, European network to promote infection prevention for patient safety

17.30 How can civic society be engaged on patient safety?
Daniela Quaggia
, Senior Project Manager, Cittadinanzattiva

17:45 Final discussion/questions

 

Documents and further information:

Download the speakers’ biographies and the minutes of the event.

To see all the pictures, visit our FB page.  

To know more please write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The initiative has been realized with the unconditional support of Copma


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