The COVID-19 pandemic has been called the worst public health crisis in a generation. The cost – in human lives, in jobs, in opportunities and outcomes – will be tragically high. Many organisations, including the OECD and WHO, have long warned that health and well-being are key components of economic growth.
Today, the pandemic has indeed highlighted that ‘health is wealth’, in the sense that healthy populations contribute to the social and economic growth of countries and regions. The pandemic has shown Europe needs a much more holistic approach to health; for example, there is strong evidence that people with obesity-related conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, are at significantly higher risk of developing complications from Coronavirus.
Does the impact of COVID-19 teach us that health been neglected as a key component of economic growth in the EU? How can Europe build more resilient health systems, incorporating prevention and digitalisation to boost public health? What should Europe’s health priorities be in the future, and what are the worries and concerns of young European citizens when it comes to public health?
On Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 18:00 CEST, Debating Europe streamed a debate on the future of European public health in the wake of the pandemic. We put questions and comments sent in from our readers to a panel of experts.
Taking part on the panel:
- Mihai Negrea, Interim Director, World Bank Project Management Unit, Romanian Ministry of Health
- Michele Calabrò, Policy Adviser, European Patients’ Forum & Young Forum Gastein Taskforce Member
- Andrzej Rys, Director, Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation, DG SANTE, EU Commission
- Kalliopi Kalaitzi, Physician & Friends of Europe EYL
- Nicolás González Casares, MEP (S&D)
Public health after COVID-19: Has the pandemic shown that ‘health is wealth’? How can Europe build more resilient health systems, incorporating prevention and digitalisation to boost public health? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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