• Cross-Border Healthcare in Europe: Improving Co-operation to Deliver a Patient-Centred System

    Healthcare is one of the largest economic sectors in the EU and accounts for approximately 17m jobs, and is expected to come under increasing pressure as the demand for healthcare in Europe rises. The number of people aged 65 and above is estimated to double in the near future and, in recent years, the cross-border nature of health threats has increased. Consequently, the need for better implementation of the EU Directive on Cross-Border Healthcare is vital, as is the continued investigation into innovative solutions and applications of European healthcare resources.

  • Transforming Long-term Care in Europe:  Improving Quality and Ensuring Access

    With an ageing population and growing costs, ensuring and improving the quality of long-term care (LTC) services has become an important policy priority across OECD countries. According to the recent OECD and European Commission Health Policy Study: A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care (June 2013), the fastest-growing age group are people over 80, whose number will almost triple by 2060, rising from 4.6% of the EU population to 12% in 2050, resulting in an increased demand for long-term care. It is estimated
    that nearly 6% of those over 80 will need help to cope with their daily activities, however, even today families and public authorities struggle to deliver and pay for high-quality care for elderly people with reduced capabilities.