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Health inequalities

Health inequalities start at birth and can persist throughout the lifespan. Health inequalities are widespread across the EU (between and within Member States) and dependent on a variety of determinants, related to differences in socio-economic status, gender and age. Furthermore, belonging to a minority group (e.g. migrants, Roma community citizens or patients suffering from a chronic illness that is socially stigmatised, like mental illness or HIV/AIDS infection) can lead to health inequalities.

The European Commission acknowledges the importance of addressing this challenge and supports measures to address health inequalities in a number of ways:

  • Specific policy documents, such as the 2009 ‘Solidarity in Health’ Communication
  • Financial support via co-funding projects and actions through the EU Health Programmes
  • Advocating a ‘Health in all policies’ approach
  • Joint Action on Health Inequalities bringing together 24 partners from 16 countries, aimed to help reduce health inequalities by developing knowledge for action on health inequalities, supporting the engagement of Member States, regions and other stakeholders in action to tackle socio-economic health inequalities, sharing learning between Member States and other actors and supporting the development of effective action to tackle socio-economic health inequalities at the EU policy level
  • Conferences, such as the EQUITY Joint Action final conference (January 2014) and EU Presidency conferences.

Why is this relevant to ECHAMP?

Access to the treatment of choice is an important part of the current debates and activities relating to health inequalities. Availability is an important element of access to treatment.

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Last updated on 14 Jun 2016