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HealthMin Pintea: Romania’s objective during EU Council Presidency is to guarantee access to healthcare for all European citizens

Romania’s objective during the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of next year in the healthcare field is to guarantee access to healthcare for all the European citizens, informed the Ministry of Healthcare.

“Starting on January 1, 2019, we will be in charge of coordinating one of the most important institutions – the Council of the European Union (EPSCO). In the healthcare field, we are prepared to honestly and neutrally act for developing and strenghtening the European project,” Minister Sorina Pintea said, as quoted in a press release on Friday sent by the Ministry of Healthcare.

Pintea took over from his Austrian counterpart, Beate Hartinger-Klein, the mandate of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU in the healthcare field.

According to the release, the Romanian Presidency in the healthcare field will continue with the efforts of advancing the EU agenda on topics of impact and with benefits to the patients.

“Our country’s objective during the mandate is to guarantee access to healthcare for all European citizens. Romania will make all efforts to make progress in the legislative file regarding the regulations on assessing health technology (HTA),” reads the release.

The programme of the Romanian Presidency in the healthcare field included five priority topics that have to do with the antimicrobial resistance, equal access to drugs of EU patients, patients’ mobility and digital health (eHealth).

The Romanian Presidency will also continue the strategic debate regarding the access of patients to drugs and innovating therapies, with an affordable price, with the topic to be included on the agenda of the informal reunion of health ministers in April in Bucharest, in which occasion they will also discuss about the treatment of such conditions related to Hepatitis-C-Virus.

The Romanian Presidency will also organise in Bucharest the digital week (e-Health week) with a series of events dedicated to digital health.

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