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Working Group on Access to Healthcare

Picture: Launch of the EPF Access Working Group, 2014 Annual General Meeting © EPF

The working group on access will contribute to shaping EPF’s vision and activities in this area from the patients’ perspective. It will also strengthen the evidence base on health inequalities and access.  Ultimately the group will put access from the patients’ perspective higher on the political agenda.

The Working Group on access has defined priorities in its work plan 2015:

  • To agree on a common concept of access from the patient perspective;
  • To make recommendations on indicators of access, that accurately reflect the patients’ experience;
  • To work on concept and structure for a questionnaire to EPF members on access to identify gaps, barriers and successful models;
  • To liaise with the multi-stakeholder Patient Access Partnership;
  • To develop the concept for a campaign on access for the second part of 2016/2017.

Currently, the Working Group is made of 11 members:

  • Jacinta Hastings, Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN);
  • Marc Paris, Collectif Interassociatif Sur la Santé (CISS);
  • Lynne Van Poelgeest, World Federation of Incontinent Patients (WFIP);
  • Katharine Wheeler, Lupus Europe;
  • Geoffrey Henning, EuropaColon;
  • Michal Rataj, European Alliance of Neuromuscular Disorders Associations (EANDA);
  • Baiba Ziemele, European Haemophilia Coalition (EHC);
  • Stanimir Hasurdjiev, National Patients’ Organisation of Bulgaria (NPO);
  • Juan Fuertes, Pulmonary Hypertension  Association Europe (PHA Europe);
  • Radu Ganescu, The Coalition of Patients' Organisations with Chronic Diseases;
  • Vanessa Challinor, Alzheimer Europe.

Secretary General Nicola Bedlington and Policy Adviser Katie Gallagher co-chair the Working Group from the EPF Secretariat.

Contact: Katie Gallagher, EPF Policy Adviser.

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