AIM Memorandum: Crucial years for solidarity and health: From evidence to action!

20.11.2023

In many European countries, people have access to high quality health care. That seems obvious, but unfortunately it may not be in the near future. Our solidarity based not for profit health care systems face multiple threats:

The Russian invasion in the Ukraine comes hard on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.  Our societies are ageing, there is scarcity of personnel and sharply rising costs of new health technologies and medicines. Access to and affordability of health care is in jeopardy. All these factors will lead to higher inequalities in health. Health inequalities are not only about differences in the status of people’s health but also about differences in the care that people receive and the opportunities that they have to lead healthy live. Social and health policy have become priorities within all European member states and at the EU-institutional level whether by choice – through the European Pillar of Social Rights– or necessity – the pandemic. The EU still has a long way to go in the implementation of all principles included in it. More than ever, solidarity within healthcare needs to be promoted and secured for the generations to come.

AIM members call on the responsibility of the candidates for the 2024 European elections to build further on demonstrated solidarity, the lessons learned from COVID-19 and to address the challenges to come: building a European Union of future- fit, resilient and sustainable social security and health care systems that ensure accessibility and affordability of care for all.

Read our Memorandum: Memorandum2024_EN_FINAL

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