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Dutch Health insurers committed to improve Co-decision in Healthcare


Beginning of September, the Dutch ‘Decide Together’ campaign started. It is an initiative of patient- and branch organisations from medical-specialist care, general practitioner care, paramedical care and district nursing. Zorgverzekeraars Nederland (ZN), member of AIM, supports this campaign. For the quality of care, health insurers consider it essential that patients decide together with their doctor […]

5 October 2021


European Commission opens its public consultation on the revision of the basic pharmaceutical legislation


On 28 September the European Commission opened its public consultation on the revision of the basic pharmaceutical legislation. The public consultation aims to collect views of stakeholders and of the general public in order to support the evaluation of the existing general pharmaceutical legislation and the assessment of the impact of options for its revision. […]

1 October 2021


WHO publishes the recommendations of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Developments


“The COVID-19 pandemic calls for urgent reform of health care, surveillance and governance in the WHO European Region and beyond”, Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO’s Europe Director. On September 10th, WHO published the recommendations of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development. This Commission has been set up under the presidency of Mario Monti, the […]


The publication of WHO’s updated Global Air Quality Guidelines is an opportunity for the EU to improve its air quality standard for a better protection of public health


On 22 September, the WHO published its updated Global Air Quality Guidelines. They provide clear evidence of the health harm of air pollution, at even lower concentrations than previously thought, and recommend new limits for key air pollutants. The publication can constitute a key tool in the fight against both air pollution and climate change. […]

23 September 2021


AIM welcomes Von der Leyen’s plans for an EU “grounded in values and bold in action”


President Von der Leyen delivered on 15 September her much awaited State of the Union address, a speech that was bathed in solidarity and European values, as it should be. The three pillars of the European Commission’s programme, key transitions of this century, were at the centre of discourse: digital, social and green. AIM reacted […]

17 September 2021


AIM publishes its Newsletter for the Latin-American Region


AIM publishes today the very first issue of its Newsletter for its Latin-American region. The paper will be published twice a year, in close collaboration with AIM members. The document is nurtured by articles from CAM, FENAMMF, Gestarsalud and UMU. They cover the latest news regarding mutuals and social economy in Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay. […]

28 July 2021


Cross-border healthcare Directive: a proper implementation, which safeguards patients’ rights


AIM has been deeply involved in the legislative process of the cross-border healthcare directive and in its implementation. You can find AIM’s feedback on the directive’s implementation here. You can also read AIM’s answer to the European Commission Consultation on the Evaluation of patient rights in cross-border healthcare: AIM answer consultation crossborder healthcare_22072021

27 July 2021


How to improve healthcare through the exchange of health data?


The European Commission plans to publish a proposal for a common European health data space by the end of 2021. With the European Health Data Space, the Commission plans to promote better exchange and access to different types of health data, such as data from electronic health records, genomics data or data from patient registries […]

26 July 2021


AIM welcomes the very comprehensive and ambitious long-term vision for rural areas proposed by the European Commission.


AIM believes the “vision”, and the proposed “Rural Pact” and “Action Plan” have a clear potential to overcome the many challenges faced by rural areas and to boost their potential to contribute to a greener, healthier, and more social Europe. The proposals made by the European Commission are at the crossroads between the three important […]

14 July 2021


EMA publishes the minutes of the third EMA-Payer Community meeting


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) just published the minutes of the 12 March EMA-Payer Community meeting. On this day, representatives from the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM), the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP), the payer platform Medicines Evaluation Committee (MEDEV) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) met for the third time to further […]


AIM supports the revision of the labelling rules on alcoholic beverages


AIM recommends revising the rules for all alcoholic beverages. The existing exemption to provide the list of ingredients and a nutrition declaration on label for alcoholic beverages containing more than 1.2% by volume of alcohol should be revoked. Mandatory indications should be required to be provided on label for all alcoholic beverages. (option 2 in […]

8 July 2021


Payer involvement is important for a successful EU HTA framework!


The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) welcomes the validation in COREPER of the provisional interinstitutional agreement between the Council and the European Parliament on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The text will lead to better patient protection, give enough space for national healthcare systems to adapt, all while supporting evidence generation on medicines and […]


EUMHAlliance: New Framework on Health and Safety at work.


On 28 June 2021, the European Commission published its new Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021 – 2027 with the overarching aims to anticipate and manage change, prevent work-related accidents and illnesses, and increase preparedness against future crises. Although concrete details on the proposed actions are yet to be seen and the […]

6 July 2021


AIM Series of Factsheets


AIM has launched a series of factsheets on health promotion and disease prevention related issues. Not only do the documents contain facts and figures on the different themes but also a series of recommendations for decision-makers as well as a list of best practices implemented by AIM members to tackle diverse challenges. See below for […]

29 June 2021


EU Organisations join Forces to call for action to address the increasing burden of cardiovascular Diseases


Brussels, 16 June 2021: Today, 12 key EU and international health organisations signed a joint statement to call on the EU to develop a comprehensive EU Plan on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) , which are the first cause of death in Europe , affecting millions of people. Read the Press Release: Final Press Release _ Joint […]

16 June 2021


AIM successfully launches its Calculator for Fair Medicines Prices in Europe


The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) has launched today its calculator for fair medicines prices in Europe (German version here). The calculator transposes AIM’s fair pricing model into a policy tool which will help the public, specialists and non-specialists alike, evaluate fair medicines prices and compare them with those currently paid by healthcare […]

11 June 2021


AIM Declaration: Global access to vaccines & medicines is needed for all and at a fair price


AIM’s General Assembly adopted a declaration on Global Access to Vaccines. AIM welcomes the different initiatives of the European Commission and the WHO et al. to enable for access to the vaccines in all the regions of the world. In its declaration, AIM calls on international institutions, national governments and the pharmaceutical industry to make […]


AIM publishes its work programme 2021-2023


Read it here in 4 languages: – English: 3b EN – AIM Wkg_prog_2021_2023 – French: 3b FR – AIM Wkg_prog_2021_2023 – German: 3b DE – AIM Wkg_prog_2021_2023 – Spanish: 3b SP – AIM Wkg_prog_2021_2023

10 June 2021


AIM Seminar: Long-term care systems: solidarity as the only way forward.The added value of the mutualist sector.


What is the role of mutuals regarding long-term care? What is their added value compared to other private and public providers and insurers? This event will provide a helicopter view of the many roles mutuals play in the sector. It will showcase some best practices regarding aspects such as improved affordability, better integrated care and […]

19 May 2021


AIM publishes Declaration on EDCs


On the occasion of the online seminar co-organised with HEAL and Mutualités Libres: “Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Public Health: How are mutuals taking action”, AIM publishes its updated declaration on endocrine disruptors: “Limiting exposure to EDCs, a responsibility for all”. Read the document here: AIM Declaration_Limiting exposure to EDCs_ a responsibility for all_FINAL Visual: RecommendationsEDCs […]

29 April 2021


AIM answers Consultation on the roadmap of the Social Economy Action Plan


The ongoing Covid-19 crisis and its serious consequences has definitively shown, how important social economy enterprises with its main players associations, foundations, mutual benefit societies and cooperatives are. Suddenly, health, resilience and solidarity moved into the focus of policy making.. Solidarity is the most important core value of mutual benefit societies. In the healthcare sector, […]

27 April 2021


Green Paper on Healthy Ageing: AIM answers Consultation


The paper below gathers AIM’s full answer to the European Commission consultation on the Green Paper on Ageing. Some examples of best practices from the mutualist sector have been listed under some of the questions in the sections “Some inspiration from mutuals”. They provide concrete examples on the type of action that can be taken. […]

21 April 2021


Health Literacy in the EU Cancer Plan


This paper highlights AIM’s very first reaction on the initiatives mentioned by the European Commission Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan regarding health literacy. AIM looks forward to the implementation roadmap which will hopefully provide more information on the concrete actions planned and their scope. In the meantime, AIM highlights in its document a series of aspects, […]


The global mutualist Movement loses a staunch Advocate


AIM has learnt with great sorrow of the passing of its former President Jean-Philippe Huchet. Mr Huchet was a staunch advocate of the global mutualist movement. He will be deeply missed and always remembered by the AIM family. Our sympathy and thoughts are with his family and friends. Jean-Philippe Huchet was Vice-President of AIM from […]

8 April 2021


World Health Day Declaration – International solidarity needs to play at full speed to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines


This year’s World Health Day is placed under the motto “Building a fairer, healthier world”. On this occasion, the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM), gathering health mutuals, health insurance funds and other not-for-profit healthcare payers from three regions in the world, calls for: affordability, accessibility and international solidarity in vaccines supply, for a […]

7 April 2021


EVENT: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals & Public Health: How mutuals are taking action.


The negative impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on health is no longer questionable. This online seminar, co-organised by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Mutualités Libres and the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM), will explore the actions which are being taken at international and European level to reduce exposure to these chemicals. […]

31 March 2021


AIM looks for Secretary/Assistant


AIM, the international association of non-profit healthcare payers, including mutual benefit societies, Krankenkassen and health insurance funds, is looking for a full-time secretary with a limited contract. If you like to work in a dynamic, international team in an international association with members in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, please have a […]

9 March 2021


AIM welcomes the Action Plan on the Pillar of Social Rights


AIM welcomes the publication of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan which aims to build a stronger Social Europe by 2030. Together with its members and partners, AIM will contribute to turn the implementation of this the Action Plan into a success. Read our Press Release: Press release Social Pillar_final_080321

8 March 2021


AIM feedback on the HERA


Health crises like Covid-19 are global in nature and require collaboration. This has been proven by various examples such as the help provided by the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg to patients from Alsace in France. Such a collaboration and collective action can only work if certain powers are transferred to European level while respecting national […]

1 March 2021


AIM answers EC Consultation on its Framework for health and safety at work


AIM welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the upcoming revision of the European Commission Framework for Health and Safety at Work. AIM underlines the need to adopt a Health in all Policies approach as an overarching principle. Such an approach goes beyond mere “synergies with other policy areas”, as put forward in the previous […]


Improvement of healthcare through exchange of health data – but how ?


AIM submitted its response to the European Commission’s roadmap on the European Health Data Space. You can find the response here

19 February 2021


EU Cancer Plan: It is now time to turn ambitions into reality!


AIM welcomes the ambitious Cancer Plan presented by the European Commission. The choice to follow a health in all policies approach and to put the “interest and well-being of patients, families and the wider population at the heart” is the only appropriate way ahead to beat cancer. AIM is convinced that the goals set up […]

11 February 2021


AIM recommendations to the EC Roadmap on Food labelling


AIM sees potential in the Roadmap of the EC on the Revision of Information provided to Consumers. We welcome the initiative as we are convinced of the importance of properly informing consumers in order to empower them to make the right choice for their health and the environment. If the correct scenarios are chosen, the […]

5 February 2021


AIM reaction to the Green Paper on Healhty Ageing: Big challenges call for bold action and solidarity


AIM welcomes the EU Green Paper on Healthy Ageing. AIM agrees that healthy ageing can only be achieved through actions across the lifespan and generations. AIM believes that the document published is comprehensive and contains most of the biggest challenges to be tackled related to the demographic change, which AIM also highlighted in its recommendations. […]

3 February 2021


AIM response to the European Commission Roadmap on the Green Paper on Healthy Ageing


AIM welcomes the roadmap published by the European Commission for the Green Paper on Healthy Ageing and looks forward to taking part to the upcoming consultation. The challenges entailed by demographic change, digitalisation and climate change are to be tackled together. The roadmap rightly mentions that demographic change is one of the mega-trends which are […]

16 December 2020


AIM Workshop on AI in Healthcare


Workshop: “AI in healthcare: Great opportunities for patients. How can mutuals become drivers?“ The event will be held in the framework of the European Social Economy Summit – Mannheim 2021. It takes place on 17 December between 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Find the whole programme here: December-Programme-Overview Registration. Find instructions on the online platform here: […]

7 December 2020


AIM answers the Consultation on the Pillar of Social Rights


AIM welcomes communication from the European Commission on “Building a European Health Union: Reinforcing the EU’s resilience for cross-border health threats”, which was published on 11 November as well as the conference of Europe, where EU citizens were meant to be invited to reflect on Europe’s future at a conference that will debate European policy […]

1 December 2020


Tackling Medical Deserts across the EU


In the context of the European Commission Consultation on a “Long Term Vision for Rural Areas”, AIM has published a statement containing some recommendations on how access to healthcare and long-term care service in rural areas. Rural areas are often characterised by low income and rapidly declining populations. While those populations are rapidly ageing and […]

30 November 2020


The Pharmaceutical Strategy for the EU: A welcome set of actions but strong political leadership is needed


The European Commission has published its Communication on a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe. AIM, the leading international umbrella organisation of health mutuals and not-for-profit healthcare payershas read the Communicationwith interest,taking into account the strong international agenda for human rights development, and more importantly the Sustainable Development Goals. Find our press release here.

26 November 2020


EU Strategic Framework on Health & Safety at Work – AIM Reaction to the Roadmap


AIM welcomes the comprehensive roadmap published by the European Commission and underlines the importance of the following series of key elements to ensure that the upcoming strategy is fit for purpose and in line with the European Pillar of Social Rights. Read more here: strategicframework_Consultation_FINALstatement.docx


AIM publishes its Activity Report 2017-2020


You will find the links for all languages below: English: AIM Activity report 2017-2020_online version_EN_light French: AIM Activity report 2017-2020_nofacing_onlineversion_FR_light German: AIM Activity report 2017-2020_nofacing_onlineversion_DE_light Spanish: AIM Activity report 2017-2020_nofacing_onlineversion_ES_light

19 November 2020


AIM elects new Executive Committee (Presidium)


18 November – AIM has elected today its new Presidium for the next 3 years. Loek Caubo from Zorgverzekeraars Nederland, the umbrella organization of health insurers in the Netherlands will be the new chair of AIM from 2020 to 2023.

18 November 2020


COVID-19: AIM publishes Recommendations for Europe & Regional Declarations


Today, AIM’s Board of Directors and General Assembly of has adopted its recommendations: “Only in solidarity can we overcome pandemics”. At the same time AIM adopted its declarations for Africa and the Middle East and for South America. Read the Press release on AIM recommendations here:PRrecommendationsAIMCOVID19 – AIM recommendations: “Only with solidarity and cooperation can […]


Online Seminar: Health in Times of the COVID19 Pandemic


Thrusday 19 November – 14:00 to 16:00 (Brussels time) How did countries across the world deal with the pandemic? How are they preparing for future healthcare crisis and what do they expect from decision-makers? Join our online seminar to find out. After keynote speeches from Jens Spahn, Minister for Health, Germany; Hans Kluge, Regional Director, […]

12 November 2020


Joint Statement – Transparency is needed to reap the full benefits of the EU’s investment in its Vaccines Strategy


Ahead of Friday 18 September’s webinar the EU Vaccine Strategy, a number of European and international organisations representing not-for-profit healthcare insurers, healthcare professionals, public interest organisations have developed and endorsed recommendations to bring more transparency around the Strategy and the accompanying Advance Purchase Agreements. At this crucial stage in the development of one of the […]

21 September 2020


Stronger Health Union needed in Europe


Ursula von der Leyen gave her State of the Union Speech today. Her address was bathed in solidarity, a key value of the European Union, which AIM also fiercely defends. Read our Press Release here: PR_SOTEU_FINAL_PDF

17 September 2020


Recommendations towards fair medicines prices in Europe


12 European and international organisations representing not-for-profit healthcare insurers, healthcare professionals, public interest organisations and trade unions have developed and endorsed recommendations to bring fair medicines prices in Europe. As the European Commission is consulting on its forthcoming European Pharmaceutical Strategy and that the current crisis strained severely health systems and public budgets, signatories of […]

7 July 2020


AIM Recommendations on the Green Paper on Ageing


AIM welcomes the European Commission’s intention to publish a Green Paper on Healthy Ageing. AIM believes people’s health and well-being should be at the centre of that paper, just as of any EU initiative. Europeans who gain in healthy life years can contribute to society for longer on the one hand and reduce the impact […]

6 July 2020


AIM calls for a Pharmaceutical Strategy shaped to ensure and promote solidarity and sustainable healthcare in the European Union


AIM, the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies, has articulated a set of recommendations to rebalance pharmaceutical markets in Europe. AIM calls for the European Pharmaceutical Strategy to be first and foremost a health strategy to support universal healthcare coverage. It must be a strategy that shapes a pharmaceutical industry for solidarity and sustainable healthcare […]

3 July 2020


AIM reacts to the publication of the European Pharmaceutical Strategy roadmap


A fair diagnosis but will the treatment match ? The European Commission has published the roadmap to the European Pharmaceutical Strategy. AIM, the leading international umbrella organisation of health mutuals and not-for-profit healthcare payers has read the concise document with interest and comes up with a set of recommendations and principles for the remainder of […]

5 June 2020


Health Insurance Funds and Health Mutuals welcome Europe’s Recovery Plan for the Next Generation


“This is the moment for Europe to put an emphasis on better health care systems for all, based on the principles of solidarity, democracy and not for profit!” Christian Zahn, AIM President Read the Press release here: PR_European Recovery_FINAL

29 May 2020


AIM welcomes the Farm to Fork Strategy proposal, a further step in the right direction


AIM welcomes the ambitions described in the Farm to Fork Strategy, key in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and in the implementation of a successful Green Deal. The Strategy has the potential to play a key role in the EU’s Beating Cancer Plan by reducing cancer incidence through healthier foods, empowered and informed consumers, and […]

27 May 2020


Mental health in the eye of the COVID-19 hurricane


The COVID-19 pandemic is having an enormous impact on mental health and well-being worldwide. During the pandemic, people become more at risk of experiencing, directly or indirectly, confusion, frustration, anxiety, and fear , sometimes combined with a lack of access to and continuity of care and adequate support for pre-existing ill-mental or physical health conditions. […]

8 May 2020


EU Collaboration on Vaccination


The current outbreak of COVID-19, its crippling effects on European economies and societies and the race to find a vaccine against the disease have put to the fore the fragility of our societies. It has also made the importance of vaccination more evident than ever and thumbed its nose to the most sceptical. Beyond and […]

22 April 2020


Artificial intelligence in healthcare: a great potential in an ecosystem of trust!


The international umbrella organization of mutual benefit societies (AIM) welcomes the priority focus of the European Commission on artificial intelligence. Health insurance funds and health mutuals see an enormous potential of artificial intelligence in healthcare. A “(…) coordinated European approach to the human and ethical implications of AI (…)” is highly welcomed. AIM proposes today […]

21 April 2020


Gambling and Covid: AIM updates its memorandum


In order to fight the Covid19 pandemic and prevent its spread, governments are currently forced to take strict confinement measures. While those measures included the cancellation of all sports events (and therefore any bet related to them), imposed lockdowns have forced industry to look for online equivalents. On the one hand, people who do not […]

20 April 2020


Time for pandemic solidarity!


AIM has published a statement as a reaction to the unprecedented crisis which the EU is going through due to the Covid19 pandemic. In the document, AIM calls on all citizens to act responsibly and follow governments’ recommendations. It also asks healthcare industries to put effective health technologies on the market at an affordable price, […]

25 March 2020


The impact of solvency II rules on mutual benefit societies in the sector of social protection


AIM has drafted a paper providing the European institutions with information and knowledge on how Solvency II affects them. The paper allows for a reasoned reflection on possible future policy development. It is intended to raise awareness of European policy makers of mutuals and of their specificities. The position paper can be found here.

23 March 2020


Joint letter to the European Commission on Covid19


AIM (International Association of health care mutuals and health care funds), CPME (Standing Committee of European Doctors), ESIP (European Social Insurance Platform) and HOPE (European Hospital and Healthcare Federation) sent a joint letter to the European Commission concerning the Covid19 pandemic. The document welcomes the Commission’s efforts and measures taken to get out of the […]

18 March 2020


AIM publishes reaction to Farm to Fork Strategy Roadmap


AIM welcomes the initiative to launch a Farm to Fork Strategy as part of the European Green deal. We agree that the strategy is key in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and hope that the European Commission (EC) will keep that objective in mind when developing it.

16 March 2020


AIM calls for a real social pillar to be included into the EU-Africa Strategy


The EU-Africa Strategy that was published on March 9th, includes human development and the development of social protection. “These are the two fundamental pillars in any ambitious cooperation policy”, as Christian Zahn, the President of the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM), the leading international association of not-for-profit mutual healthcare insurers and healthcare funds […]

13 March 2020


AIM Recommendations for the Future of long-term Care


AIM issues the following set of recommendations to decision-makers as a contribution to the ongoing debate on the future adequacy and sustainability of Long-Term Care systems. Demographic changes and rising rates of chronic diseases are putting European Long-Term Care (LTC) systems under pressure. That burden is expected to rise, as demand increases and contributions to […]

4 March 2020


AIM’s reaction to the EU’s Beating Cancer Plan Roadmap


AIM, the leading international association of healthcare funds and mutuals, welcomes the focus and intentions described in the European Commission’s roadmap for the EU’s Beating Cancer Plan. The cancer plan announces the right approach.

3 March 2020


Artificial intelligence: great potential for not-for-profit healthcare insurance and for patients’ needs


The European Commission adopted its white paper on artificial intelligence (AI) and a European data strategy on 19 February 2020. The umbrella organization of health insurance funds and health mutuals (AIM) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to enable a trustworthy and secure development of AI and to create a unique “ecosystem of trust”. […]

25 February 2020


Joint Statement – Prevention at the heart of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan


Prevention is the foundation of public health policy and central to protecting and improving people’s health and well-being. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is a key opportunity to put prevention where it belongs – at the heart of the European Union’s (EU) health agenda.

17 February 2020


AIM supports the need for a European approach to fight cancer


The European Commission launches today the first phase of its awaited Cancer Plan with its conference: “Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: Let’s strive for more”. AIM, the leading international association of healthcare mutuals and sickness funds, welcomes the intentions of the Commission to put the fight against the Cancer plague high on its agenda. AIM looks […]

4 February 2020


Health insurance funds and health mutuals welcome the Commission’s reflections on a strong social Europe


European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit presented a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today. AIM, in its press release on the publication of the Communication, welcomes the first reflections of the European […]

15 January 2020


The EU Green Deal: an opportunity for public and planetary health


On 11 December, the European Commission presented its awaited Green Deal. AIM welcomes the ambitions expressed in the EC document, which clearly reflect the urgency of the situation.

13 December 2019


European patients need fair medicines prices


The press regularly announces the discovery of a new drug or the purchase of promising small biotech companies for a substantial amount of money. But are the astronomical amounts that come along with these drugs such good news for patients and European health systems? On 4 December in the morning in the European Parliament, the […]

4 December 2019


State of Health in the EU hits the Bullseye!


AIM subscribes to the conclusions drawn by this year’s State of Health in the EU published on November 27th, 2019. These reports highlight the biggest challenges to be tackled by our healthcare systems in order to ensure access, quality and resilience. They look at trends in the transformation of healthcare systems in Member States. They […]

29 November 2019


AIM Special Briefing – Brussels 2019


Our special briefing summarises the meetings which took place in Brussels from 12 to 15 November 2019. It is available in 4 languages: English:AIM Special Briefing – BoDBrussels2019_FINAL French: AIM Special Briefing – BoDBrussels2019_light_FR German: AIM Special Briefing – BoDBrussels2019_DE_light Spanish: AIM Special Briefing – BoDBrussels2019_light_ES Presentations Wednesday 13 November ppt_JointSession_medicaldeserts_wednesday13November ppt_LatinAmericaCommittee_Wednesday13November De 0 a […]

21 November 2019


Universal health coverage: Mutuals are key partners


While the United Nations (UN) and its agencies are today organizing the High Level Conference on Universal Health Coverage, mutuals recall the need to involve the mutualist world in the efforts of international organizations in this regard. The members of the Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) defend the values of solidarity and have as […]

23 September 2019


EU 2019-2024: Health Champions wanted!


The event, which will be co-hosted by MEP Dr Peter Liese (EPP, DE) and Dr Sara Cerdas (S&D, PT) , is jointly organised by AIM and 9 other European organisations working in the field of healthcare. Please find here the agenda of the event: Agenda_EU-2019-2024-Health-Champions-Wanted Press Release: 191001E PR EU health community presents itself to […]

19 September 2019


AIM Special Briefing is out!


Find out more about AIM’s meetings, which took place from 26 to 28 June in Luxembourg.

8 July 2019


Watch AIM Memorandum video


AIM published a video on its memorandum for the EU elections. It summarises the Association’s recommendations to EU institutions and priorities for the coming years. Watch it here.

3 July 2019


MoU between EC and the Spirits Industry fails to acknowledge consumers’ right to information


On 4 May, the Spirits Industry signed a MoU with the European Commission on the labelling of their products. Several Healthcare Advocacy organisations, including AIM, have voiced their discontentment with the agreement as the European spirits industry is actually refraining from informing consumers at the point of sale in an easy and accessible manner. Instead […]

5 June 2019


We need more transparency on medicinal products markets!


Several World Health Organization Member States have tabled a Resolution on medicines transparency at the World Health Assembly. The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) has read this resolution and welcomes the text as we believe it can bring some long-needed change towards fair maximum prices. You can find AIM’s position here.

23 May 2019


AIM President Interview: “The future of Europe must be social!”


Watch AIM President Interview here.

2 May 2019


No Future of Work without Mental Health


On World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the European Alliance for Mental Health – Employment and Work (EUMH Alliance) – of which AIM is part –  highlights the importance of including mental health as part of a timely debate on the Future of Work in the EU. In a world where costs related […]

26 April 2019


WATCH ONLINE: AMA organises international congress of mutualism in Montevideo


AIM partner AMA, in collaboration with AIM Uruguayan member UMU organise on 24 and 25 April the international conference of mutualism. You can watch it online here. The programme can be found here: Programa_final

24 April 2019


Mutuals and non-profit healthcare payers play a vital role in the achievement of Universal Healthcare Coverage


Universal health coverage represents an overarching challenge for societies around the globe. AIM members, who stand for the values of solidarity and democracy, have made it their priority. They are convinced of the added value of mutuals and other non-profit healthcare payers in offering coverage to all, reaching vulnerable populations and meeting unmet needs.

5 April 2019


Medical Devices: Time to implement Regulations and increase Transparency


AIM, together with the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP), Prescrire and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) call for timely application of the new rules on medical devices and complete transparency concerning the high-risk medical devices with public access to […]

26 February 2019


AIM is recruiting an executive director!


AIM is looking for a new Executive Director. The deadline for your application is 28 February. A first round of interviews is foreseen for Friday morning 8 March. Please find the vacancy notice here.

8 February 2019


The documents of the Lomé conference are available!


AIM organised on 22-23 January 2019 in Lomé its international conference “Investing on Mutuals for the XXIst century”. The conference gathered more than 200 African and European mutualists. The purpose of the conference was to send a strong message regarding what is needed to expand social protection in Africa. The program of the conference consisted […]

5 February 2019


FNMF launches EP election campaign


The Fédération Nationale de la Mutualité Française (FNMF) launched today a campaign to facilitate debate about the future of Europe and the European Parliament Elections, taking place in May 2019. FNMF published a Manifesto co-signed by AIM and 8 other European partners (FIMIV, Montepio, VDEK, SVLFG, Knappschaft, SVB, Mutualité Chrétienne, Solidaris) which calls for a […]


AIM visited Paris!


A delegation of 20 AIM members visited on 10 and 11 January Paris. They got to know our member FNMF better, and the French Healthcare system. Participants learned all the ins and outs about the project “Reste a charge Zéro”. This ambitious project aims to reduce co-payments for spectacles, hearing aids and dental prosthesis to […]

16 January 2019


AIM International Conference “Investing in Mutuals for the 21st Century” (Lomé, Togo, 22-23 January 2019)


The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) is organising an international conference with its partners on 22 and 23 January 2019 in Lomé, in Togo, on the theme “Investing in Mutuals for the 21st Century “. This event will take place under the high patronage of the Presidency of the Togolese Republic and in […]

4 December 2018


L’AIM organise la conférence internationale mutualiste “Le Pari de la Mutualité pour le XXIe Siècle”!


L’AIM organise avec ses partenaires une conférence internationale les 22 et 23 janvier 2019 à Lomé, au Togo, sur le thème « Le Pari de la Mutualité pour le XXIe Siècle ». Cet évènement aura lieu sous le haut patronage de la Présidence de la République Togolaise et en collaboration avec l’Union Economique et Monétaire […]


Apps upon Prescription: Participate to AIM Seminar


Join our Seminar “Apps upon Prescription: Discussing mHealth Quality and Reimbursement” which will take place on 18 February in Brussels.

30 November 2018


AIM kicks off European Election Campaign together with EU Commissioner Andriukaitis


EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis endorsed the AIM memorandum for the European Elections of 2019. The memorandum sets out the priorities of health insurance funds and health mutuals for the next legislative period. Find a press release on the AIM conference on the future of health in Europe here. The AIM memorandum itself can be found […]

27 November 2018


Patient safety must prevail


Alarming messages in the international media yesterday and today confirm the need to ensure that patient safety is at the heart of the EU Medical Devices Regulation. At different moments before the new regulatory framework came into force in May 2017, AIM has been asking for high risk medical devices to go through a similar […]

26 November 2018


AIM 20 years Special Briefing is out!


Read AIM special briefing, which describes the meetings which took place in Brussels from 14 to 16 November 2018; amongst which our conference on the future of mental health with the presence of EU Commissioner Andriukaitis and our event on the future of mental health.

21 November 2018


AIM adopts Brussels declaration on Air Pollution and Health


We, the undersigned representatives of the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies, with 59 members from 30 countries and representing 240 million people worldwide and 160 million in Europe, have adopted the following declaration for the attention of European policy-makers AIM Brussels declaration on Air Pollution AIM Brussels declaration on Air Pollution_DE AIM Brussels declaration […]

15 November 2018


AIM publishes its Memorandum for the 2019 EU Elections


AIM published today its memorandum for the 2019 Elections, a document containing the organisation’s recommendations to the EU institutions for the next mandate. Read the document here: AIM_Memorandum_EN_FINAL AIM_Memorandum_FR_FINAL AIM_Memorandum_DE_FINAL AIM_Memorandum_ES_FINAL


AIM Board of Directors Meetings take place in Brussels


AIM held its Board of Directors (BoD) meetings in collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). From 14 to 16 November, the following meetings took place: Our region Committees’ meeting on the management of chronic diseases:Agenda Joint Meeting_Brussels 14 Nov 2018 Slides: Déroulé_Joint Committee meeting_12112018 Our Africa and Middle East Committee: Slides: Déroulé_Réunion […]

13 November 2018


The future of Health in the EU


What should a socio-political Europe look like? What will healthcare policy at EU level look like in 20 years? Join our debate  on the future of Health in the EU ahead of the 2019 elections. Discuss those questions and many others with the relevant stakeholders. And find out more about healthcare payers’ priorities for the […]

25 October 2018


The Future of Mental Health


Join AIM conference on the future of mental health which will be held on 16 November at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. See the agenda: in English: AIM GA Brussels 2018_conference on future of mental health_FINAL in French: T2018-70 Agenda Conference Mental health FR in German: AIM Brussels 2018-FutureMH-DE-FINAL in Spanish: AIM […]

4 October 2018


HTA vote in the EP: much more meat on the bones, but it still needs a bit more cooking


AIM supports the overall objective of the Commission proposal on Health Technology Assessment and welcomes the set of amendments the European Parliament adopted today. At the same time, AIM stresses that pricing and reimbursement authorities and payers should be part of the coordination group. AIM wonders how newly introduced concept like “justified, necessary and proportionate” […]

3 October 2018


Mutuals governance challenged by European law


On 28 September, the Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) together with its Spanish member, Divina Pastora, have organised an event on mutuals governance, to discuss the challenges coming from European law. The Spanish insurance regulator, experts from Universities from Portugal and Spain as well as representatives from the mutuals sector from Spain, France, Italy, […]

2 October 2018


Mutual respect for each generation!


Member of the AIM Board of Directors, and Secretary General of the Belgian Federation of Liberal Mutuals, Mr Geert Messiaen calls in his latest article for mutual respect for each generation. Please find it here.

27 July 2018


AIM Special Briefing on Tallinn Meetings is out!


The briefing gathers the summaries of our meetings. You will also find in it the links to presentations and pictures. We hope that you enjoy reading it!

27 June 2018


AIM adopts Declaration on Health in all Policies


It is nowadays widely recognised that aspects of everyday life such as education, societal inclusion, housing standards, or meaningful employment, determine individuals’ health and wellbeing. Good health is not created by health service provision alone but also and mostly by other broader determinants which affect the circumstances in which people are born, study and age, […]

21 June 2018


AIM members to gather in Tallinn


From 20 to 22 June, AIM organises its General Assembly meetings in the city of Tallinn (Estonia). Discussions will cover a wide variety of topics such as:   The international dimension of social economy [EN – Agenda_Regional Committee meetings] Access to pharmaceuticals for African mutuals [Odre du jour_Réunion AME_Juin 2018.docx] The relationship between mutuals and […]

14 June 2018


AIM agrees on position regarding the draft EC regulation on HTA and the Cabezón report


AIM supports the overall objective of the EC proposal on HTA and calls upon the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to ensure a compromise text that will bring EU collaboration in the field of HTA further. AIM would only be able to support an obligatory system for joint clinical assessments (as […]

11 June 2018


AIM welcomes EC proposal for stronger cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases


The European Commission published today a proposal of recommendations on how EU cooperation in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases can be strengthened. AIM welcomes the proposal, which goes in the same direction as the one indicated in AIM’s answer to the consultation earlier this year and is in line with the opinion stated in its […]

3 May 2018


The digital transformation must support solidarity-based healthcare systems


Please find AIM’s position on digital healthcare as a reply to the European Commission’s Communication on Digital Healthcare transformation. Sustainable access to high quality healthcare systems for all is an important objective of the association and its members. AIM’s position paper is aimed at making sure that digital health development helps health systems deliver sustainable, quality […]


AIM discusses draft HTA regulation with Commissioner Andriukaitis


27 April – AIM met today with European Commissioner for Health, Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis. We discussed the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on health technology assessment (HTA). We mentioned our concerns about the obligation for national authorities to use the joint clinical assessment reports. Some AIM members are reluctant to accept such an obligation as […]

30 April 2018


We welcome action against vaccine-preventable diseases


AIM welcomes the European Commission proposal for stronger cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases. The European Commission published today a proposal of recommendations on how EU cooperation in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases can be strengthened. In the attached paper we describe in more detail our thoughts about the Commission proposals.

27 April 2018


AIM visits its Members in Argentina and Uruguay


AIM was welcome by its Argentinian member CAM in Buenos Aires and by Uruguayan UMU in Montevideo, who organised an interesting programme to allow AIM members of the Presidium to get a better understanding of the realities in which mutuals function in both countries. President Christian Zahn, Vice-Presidents Matthias Savignac, Abdelaziz Alaoui, and Elisa Torrenegra, […]

6 April 2018


Social Economy and its access to the Internal Market


On 8 March 2018, AIM had its event in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on “Social Economy and its access to the Internal Market”. Invited were representatives from the European institutions, professors and researchers as well as representatives from the mutuals. Alain Coheur, member of the EESC, welcomed participants and speakers such as […]

5 April 2018


International Seminar reaffirms the Importance of Mutualism in answering 21st Century Challenges


The International Seminar which took place in Buenos Aires gathered 200 mutualists from around the world. Discussions allowed to highlight the richness and variety of services which mutuals can offer to populations. As social economy actors, they carry out important roles, contributing to human development, economic aid, and accessible and high quality healthcare coverage for […]

22 March 2018


Joint reaction to the Alcohol Industry self regulatory proposal


Last year the European Commission provided the alcohol industry with the opportunity to come up with a self-regulatory proposal on alcohol labelling, an opportunity which the industry has ignored. In their Joint Statement, the alcohol industry is avoiding the responsibility to inform consumers at the point of sale in an easy and accessible manner. The […]

13 March 2018


AIM recommendations on Vaccine Hesitancy


Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes. While it is true that no vaccine is 100% effective, high uptake rates have allowed to eliminate, and in some cases eradicate, a number of diseases. And yet, the last decade has been characterized by outbreaks of resurgence of measles, mumps, […]

2 March 2018


Social Economy and its Access to the Internal Market


AIM and the EESC organise an event on “social economy and its access to the internal market”. Please find the agenda here.

15 February 2018


AIM director’s interview on HTA


AIM’s perspectives on Health Technology Assessments – An EU-wide approach? is the fourth in a series of articles initiated by Neha Dave and Anna Dé, independent health policy consultants in Brussels and London. This edition is an interview with Executive Director of International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies, Menno Aarnout, on AIM’s outlook on the […]

12 February 2018


What payers think about the latest HTA proposal


AIM welcomes efforts at EU level to improve the quality and timeliness of health technology assessments. It is excellent to ensure through Union-wide collaboration that the assessor has timely access to relevant high quality data to carry out meaningful comparisons between the assessed technologies and the most appropriate comparators. But we have concerns about parts […]

9 February 2018


AIM publishes position on TFAs


AIM answered the open public consultation on the initiative to limit industrial trans fats intakes in the EU. On that occasion the organisation also published a position paper: TFApositionpaper as well as a Video.

22 January 2018


AIM member sets the alarm bells ringing


The Secretary General of the liberal mutuality in Belgium, Geert Messiaen, sets the alarm bells ringing: societies are not dealing properly with the ageing population. Read his article here

2 January 2018


AIM organises Seminar on Vaccine Hesitancy


11 December: The WHO, the European Commission, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), Vaccines Europe and AIM gathered in order to discuss one of the great 21st century challenges for public health. Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes. While it is true that no vaccine is […]

12 December 2017


AIM organised seminar on Vaccine Hesitancy


Read our press release: “Vaccine hesitancy, a public health threat to be tackled through multi-stakeholder collaboration”


Special Briefing – Rome 2017


AIM special briefing on its statutory meetings which took place in Rome from 15 to 17 November is out! Read it here.

27 November 2017


AIM publishes its Work Programme 2017-2020


Learn more about our priorities for the next three years. Find here here our Work Programme 2017-2020.

16 November 2017


Vaccines? No Thanks – Seminar on Vaccine Hesitancy


Around Europe, a growing wave of parents not wanting to vaccinate their children is threatening public health. The seminar should enable participants to hear about some examples of best practices, strategies and tools which they could use to convince parents to have their kids vaccinated but most importantly start a dialogue with other stakeholders in […]

14 November 2017


AIM organises its General Assembly in Rome!


On 15-17 November, AIM in partnership with its Italian member FIMIV will organize in Rome different meetings in the frame of its Extraordinary General Assembly. On Wednesday, AIM members and invited speakers will discuss on youth and mutualism. Leading international experts will talk on Thursday morning about rethinking policy to support sustainable access to pharmaceuticals, and on the balance between […]

10 November 2017


AIM members have different roles in ensuring access to pharmaceuticals


AIM discusses during its general assembly in Rome in November 2017 what could be appropriate steps towards sustainable access to pharmaceuticals. But why should AIM members be involved in those discussions? Are payers not just administrative bodies that do exactly what their governments tell them to do? No! AIM members play different important roles in […]

9 November 2017


We know what FAIR is!


The Dutch Minister of Health, Mrs Edith Schippers, brought the topic to the agenda of the European Council last year. The Commission is now trying to find out whether she had a point, whether it is true that prices of pharmaceuticals aren’t fair. Lack of price transparency makes a discussion about this topic difficult. How […]

11 October 2017


The Impact of an Ageing Population on the Healthcare workforce


AIM SEMINAR 17 November – Rome The Impact of an Ageing Population on the Healthcare workforce The meeting aims at providing a general picture of the European healthcare workforce today and at the impact with the ageing of populations and the consequent rise in chronic diseases and ill-health in general will have on it. Discusses […]

5 October 2017


Press release: Dialogue between EMA and AIM


The AIM Working Group on Pharmaceuticals participated last week in London, at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in a dialogue between EMA and payer organisations about how to ensure alignment of efforts towards sustainable access to pharmaceuticals. Our joint press release can be found here.

27 September 2017


AIM public statement on the Juncker’s Speech State of the Union 2017


On 13 September 2017, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed in his annual Speech on the State of the European Union Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in which he also presented his priorities for the future of Europe.

18 September 2017


New Dutch initiative to reduce costs of expensive pharmaceuticals


Dutch hospitals and health insurers will start with a pilot to collectively buy expensive medicines. Next year, negotiations will start for a group of cancer drugs. Cooperation must lead to a stronger negotiating position vis-à-vis pharmaceutical companies. ”Press article “Dutch Insurers and Hospitals join forces”

1 September 2017


AIM Presentation video


AIM presentation video gathers some of its members opinions on the added value of being part of AIM. Watch it Here!

12 July 2017


AIM Special Briefing – Antwerp 2017


The Special Briefing on our statutory meetings, which took place between 28 and 30 June is out! Read it here.

6 July 2017


Care integration offers opportunities for AIM members to steer necessary change in health delivery


On 30 June, the International Association for Mutual Benefit Societies organised in Antwerp a seminar on integrated care. This discussion was organised to present what AIM members and other organisations are doing in the field, and also introduce participants to the concept of integrated care. Indeed, AIM members do not only reimburse health services. A […]

30 June 2017


Christian Zahn re-elected as AIM President


L’Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) has elected a new Presidium on 29 June 2017. Also in the coming three years, the association will chaired by Christian Zahn. Zahn has been running leading AIM since June 2014, and was the vice president of the association for three years.


Big Data opens opportunities for improving healthcare when balanced with the right privacy of personal data


29 June – During its European Affairs Committee in the framework of the XXXVIth General Assembly in Antwerp, AIM, the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies concluded that Big Data in healthcare gives a lot of opportunities that must be used, in good balance with the rights of patients to privacy of personal data. Data […]


AIM has a new logo!


Looking back at the history of our logo, its evolution since the birth of our association in 1950 is quite obvious. The first publications contained an image of a globe surrounded by people holding hands, which was not really agreed on as official logo but was still used. It represented mutuality as a moral link […]

29 June 2017


AIM publishes its Activity Report 2014-2017


AIM publishes the activity report for the last three years, a document which gathers all the activities carried out by the organisation.


AIM stresses the Importance of Mutuals in the Fight for Universal Healthcare Coverage


AIM, the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies”, organised a conference on the issue of access to healthcare for populations living at the margin of society, including migrants, informal workers or populations in remote areas. The event allowed to highlight the added value of healthcare mutuals when it comes to tackling healthcare inequalities and reaching […]

27 June 2017


AIM President underlines the role of mutuals in the fight against healthcare inequities.


AIM President, Mr. Christian Zahn (Vdek, Germany) opened today a joint session of AIM regional Committees. The meeting gathered mutuals and healthcare funds from all over the world and representatives of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights and of the Ibero-American Association of Social Security to discuss healthcare coverage of individuals living at the margin. […]


AIM organises its General Assembly in Antwerp!


The AIM General Assembly and Board of Directors meeting will take place in Antwerp from 28 to 30 June 2017. The AIM Secretariat has prepared short paragraphs presenting the event’s key meetings. Note that most events are open to AIM members only.

26 May 2017



Time for a proper recognition of social economy entreprises in the EU


This paper lays out AIM members’ position on the key concepts of ‘social economy’ and why mutuals fit in this category and why it is important to have a clear definition. The paper also outlines the specific policy needs of social economy enterprises with a focus on mutuals.


Time to unlock the Potential of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


AIM is the umbrella organisation of health mutuals and health insurance funds in Europe and in the world. Through its 63 members from 28 countries, AIM provides health coverage to 240 million people in the world and 209 million in Europe through compulsory



EUMHAlliance – Depression: the biggest barrier to workplace well-being


The European Alliance for Mental Health in All Policies, of which AIM is a member, published a Press Release on the occasion of World Health Day. The PR calls for an investment in mental-health promotion, prevention and recovery from mental illness as well as stigma reduction at work. world health day joint statement Clean

24 April 2017


Time for a proper recognition of social economy enterprises in the EU


On 26 April, AIM published its position on social economy. The paper lays out AIM members’ position on the key concepts of ‘social economy’ and explains why mutuals fit in this category and the importance of a clear definition of the concept. The document also outlines the specific policy needs of social economy enterprises with […]

21 April 2017


Open letter to the members of the Committee on Culture and Education


On 25 May 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which includes provisions governing commercial communications for foods high in fat, sugar, and salt (HFSS food) and alcoholic beverages to children and minors. Open letter to the members of the Committee on Culture and Education_final

1 April 2017


AIM comments on the public consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured products


AIM recommends to increase taxation of all tobacco products which, on the other hand, should be taxed in a comparable way as appropriate

26 February 2017


AIM submits contribution to EC consultation on HTA


AIM fully supports the idea that, also after the finalization of EUnetHTA Joint Action 3 (in 2020), EU collaboration in the field of Health Technology Assessment remains very important. We submitted therefor today our supportive contribution to the EC consultation on EU collaboration in the field of HTA.

13 February 2017


AIM publishes declaration on EDCs


9 February – AIM publishes its declaration on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals demanding an appropriate set of criteria, but also calling on the Commission to raise public awareness on the issue and to come out with a series of evidence-based recommendation to populations and more particularly to vulnerable groups.


AIM adopts position on the Pillar of Social Rights


AIM calls for EU Pillar of Social Rights which contributes to sustainable access to good quality healthcare for all EU citizens in its position adopted on 24 November 2016. PR_PillarSocialRightsAIM_EN PR_PillarSocialRightsAIM_FR PR_PillarSocialRightsAIM_DE PR_PillarSocialRightsAIM_ES

8 December 2016


What about our kids?


30 November 2016, Brussels. A coalition of over 40 European and national health organisations and NGOs has joined forces in a campaign to protect children from commercial communications for alcohol and unhealthy food, mobilising around the ongoing revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive

30 November 2016


AIM organises Conference on Financial Regulation


How do mutuals in Europe and the world deal with financial regulation ? All over the world, financial regulations raise the same challenges: the necessity to ensure a balance between the objectives of stability and security for organisations, and the risk to implement too restrictive rules. Mutuals are dealing with regulations which tend to be […]

25 November 2016


AIM and ESIP publish Open Letter on the Standardisation of Health and Social Services


The members of ESIP and AIM, social security organisations, mutuals and health insurance funds, are following with great concern increasing efforts at European…

15 September 2016


Belgian mutuals organise demonstration against TTIP


For many months, Belgian mutuals are mobilized to raise awareness on the dangers of TTIP and CETA for healthcare. Join the demonstration which will take place on 20 September…


Standardisation of Health and Social Services


The members of ESIP and AIM, social security organisations, mutuals and health insurance funds, are following with great concern increasing efforts at European level for standardisation in the field of health and social services

14 September 2016


AIM recommendations on ceta


While in certain areas, the European Union and its Member States would certainly benefit from the “Comprehensive and Economic Free Trade Agreement (CETA)” through

8 July 2016


Health insurance funds and health mutuals urge clarification of the current exemptions on public services and health services in CETA


Health insurance funds and health mutuals welcome the announcement of European Trade Commissioner


AIM publishes press release and recommendations on CETA


Health insurance funds and health mutuals welcome the announcement of European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on 5 July 2016 of CETA being a mixed agreement. Nevertheless, we regret the provisional implementation of the agreement. We believe that the current exemptions on public services and health services in CETA are not sufficient. PRESS RELEASE AIM CETA […]


AIM and ESIP sent letter to Commissioner Malmström on TTIP


AIM and ESIP have this week sent a letter to EU Commissioner Malmström concerning the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It appreciates the progress that has been made in the preparations of TTIP regarding the wording of social security reservations in these agreements. Nevertheless healthcare payers and social security institutions have still some concerns […]

1 July 2016


Adaptive pathways: Why are we cautious?


In order to improve access to medicines, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recently been merrily pushing towards speeding up marketing authorisation for new medicines. Several projects have been launched: GetReal, ADAPTSMART    

30 June 2016


AIM is cautious about adaptive pathways


AIM is cautious when ‘Adaptive Pathways’ are concerned. Please find here ten reasons why AIM has concerns.


AIM Position on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


AIM sends out a clear signal today about how important health promotion and disease prevention is. Chair of the AIM Working Group dealing with the topic, Mr Leo Blum says: “More prevention is key to the sustainability of our healthcare systems….  Ensuring universal access to care is more than ever crucial and can only be […]

3 June 2016


Actes de la Conférence Abidjan 2016


Mars 2016 Considérant que plus de 90% de la population vivant dans des pays à faible revenu ne bénéficie d’aucun droit à une couverture de santé, Considérant qu’une couverture maladie appropriée est le prérequis pour tout développement social et économique et que l’accès à des soins de santé de qualité devrait être un droit fondamental, […]

13 March 2016


We welcome Council conclusions on balancing the pharmaceutical system in the EU


17 June 2016 – Social security organisations, mutuals and health insurance funds, members of ESIP and  AIM  warmly  welcome  the  commitment  of  the  Council  towards  a  more  balanced  pharmaceutical system in the EU. « The  Council  has  formalised  concrete  first  steps  to  addressing  the  current  problems threatening  patients  access  to  essential  pharmaceuticals  and  the  sustainability  […]

13 February 2016


Retour sur la Conférence d’Abidjan: Présentations et Discours


Retrouvez les discours et les présentations de la conférence sur les perspectives du mouvement mutualiste africain dans le cadre des Couvertures Santé Universelles. Ouverture de la conférence Monsieur Christian Zahn, Président de l’AIM Théopiste BUTARE, Conseiller Protection Sociale, Bureau International du Travail Seydou SISSOUMA, Commissaire en charge du Développement Humain, UEMOA Discours de Monsieur le […]


Mutuals in Europe: Who they are, What they do and why they matter


AIM, together with AMICE (Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe), released a communication document based on a detailed study published by the European Commission entitled: Study on the current situation and prospects of mutuals in Europe. The 600 page study, published in 2012, gives a detailed insight of the specificities, activities and […]


Luxembourgish Minister Schmit: “EU should give mutuals a boost”


Brussels, 15 October 2015 – Mutuals are a special kind of enterprise at the heart of the European social model. They are important contributors to economic growth and financial stability, but they lack legal recognition and are still facing constraints to benefit from the European internal market. The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) […]

13 January 2016


Time to strengthen the efforts in tackling fraud and waste!


The World Health Organisation considers fraud as one of the ten leading causes of inefficiency in health systems. The average amount of healthcare fraud is estimated to be 6.19% of the global healthcare expenditure for 2013 (or roughly 5.65€ trillion)[1]. These astounding figures resonate even louder in a time when national healthcare systems are put […]


How do healthcare systems guarantee solidarity and accessibility?


Under this heading AIM, the international association of non-profit healthcare payers, will organize on Thursday morning 2 June a conference in The Hague, hosted by “Zorgverzekeraars Nederland”, the Dutch umbrella organisation of healthcare payers and member of AIM. At the occasion of 10 years Dutch Health Insurance Act, the discussion will focus on the question […]


L’AIM organise la conférence internationale mutualiste “Le Pari de la Mutualité pour le XXIe Siècle”!


L’AIM organise avec ses partenaires une conférence internationale les 22 et 23 janvier 2019 à Lomé, au Togo, sur le thème « Le Pari de la Mutualité pour le XXIe Siècle ». Cet évènement aura lieu sous le haut patronage de la Présidence de la République Togolaise et en collaboration avec l’Union Economique et Monétaire […]

3 December 2015


European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) and Association Internationale de la mutualité (AIM)


The European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP) represents over 40 national statutory social insurance organisations (covering approximately 240 million citizens) in 15 EU Member States and Switzerland, active in the field of health insurance

13 October 2015


Brochure about Mutuals in Europe


AIM, together with AMICE (Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe), released a communication document based on a detailed study published by the European Commission entitled: Study on the current situation and prospects of mutuals in Europe. The 600 page study, published in 2012, gives a detailed insight of the specificities, activities and […]

16 June 2015


AIM-AEIP JOINT POSITION PAPER MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND WELL-BEING


Mental illnesses are among Europe’s most burdensome yet least addressed groups of diseases. 1 According to estimations by the World Health Organisation (WHO), they affect every fourth citizen at least once during their life and concern more than

1 May 2015


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