Health Systems after COVID-19 – charting a course for a healthier Europe
The COVID-19 crisis has put the resilience and agility of European health systems to the test in an unprecedented way, and cast a light on their strengths as well as weaknesses. As we are moving into the next phase in the fight against COVID-19, with the roll-out of vaccines gaining pace in many countries and allowing for more concerted reflection about the future beyond the pandemic, we need to start discussing what this crisis has taught us so far about the state of European health systems and European health collaboration, and what could be done better or differently in the future. EFPIA believes that once we emerge from this crisis, we should not only rebuild our economies and get our societies back on their feet, but also take the opportunity to implement an ambitious reform agenda for European health systems. Going back to the pre-pandemic status quo would not be an appropriate or realistic option.