Three years on and Covid-19 still exists on a global scale, deadly, and with new variants mutating. Here is what member states can do to prevent another outbreak and ensure #CareForAll.
COVID-19 not only brought catastrophic numbers of cases and deaths across the globe; it also shone a spotlight on the weaknesses of our healthcare systems, surfacing the lack of investment in public health and pandemic preparedness overall. To support European member states in their defence against COVID-19, policymakers put measures in place tackling the then-unknown pandemic.
Three years on, the pandemic still exists, and remains deadly, especially for patients who are within at a higher-risk groups. Yet, European member states are deprioritising COVID-19 care, with the recommended actions to fight the pandemic seen to have been put aside.
Member states should continue prioritising COVID-19, learn from their previous mistakes, and invest in health services pandemic preparedness.
Through our #CareForAll campaign, we have listed recommendations for members states to improve their COVID-19 patient care pathways. Members states should:
- Collaborate with civic and patient organisations to raise public awareness about COVID-19-related risks through tailored communication campaigns.
- Earmark resources to support healthcare professionals’ knowledge acquisition of existing COVID-19 treatments.
- Provide support to improve communication skills of healthcare professionals.
- Prioritise investment in eHealth infrastructure, including telemedicine, digital health records and health information exchange systems.
- Strengthen the role and involvement of pharmacists in COVID-19 care.
- Upgrade patient and medical pathways to improve functionality and adoption of healthcare innovation.
- Ensure that high-risk groups have access to free COVID-19 testing kits.
- Ensure Covid-19 is kept at the forefront of national healthcare policies.
The full list of recommendations can be found within the Recommendations Covid-19 Patient Pathways report.
Members states must improve their effort to protect the high risk and prevent another COVID-19 Outbreak.
Let’s drive #CareForAll in 2023.
It has been launched during the “Prioritizing care for high-risk COVID-19 patients in the EU: policy recommendations” event, realized on the 14 November 2023 with the support of the MEPs Interest Group "European Patients' Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare", at the European Parliament in Brussels.