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press
Global

Posted on 12.02.2010

Clinton brings stents into the news

It is perhaps surprising how quickly coronary angioplasty has become just another everyday procedure. As someone who has seen open-heart surgery live and witnessed the trauma and hospital resource intensity of such procedures, the placing of a stent as an alternative is almost unimaginably better for both patient and the health sytem as a whole. […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

dreaming
Access

Posted on 10.02.2010

Dreaming of health equality across the EU?

An ageing frequent traveller (this time sat on a plane taking me from frigid Brussels to what I hope will be altogether better conditions in Southern Spain) I am often exercised by what would await me if I were to get sick on my travels. Like most citizens of the EU-15, I would probably seek […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

wasteandpaying
Value

Posted on 29.10.2009

Waste and paying for tomorrow’s healthcare

Yesterday’s report by Thomson Reuters on the real causes of excessive costs in the US healthcare system make interesting reading. Centre stage is over-treatment generated by a litigious culture which encourages patients to sue and, from that, doctors to perform tests and procedures, not because in their clinical judgement the patient needs them but because […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

bridge building
Access Regulation

Posted on 06.10.2009

John Brennan: Irish YES to Europe

I put it down to Irish politeness to always say “no” first when asked if we want something and to follow up with a “yes” when asked the second time. “Will you have a cup of Lisbon tea?Oh no thank you, I’ve had quite enough already.Are you sure? I’ve just made some and I can […]

By John Brennan Director Regulations and Industrial Policy

facts-figures
Value

Posted on 18.08.2009

Facts and figures, not political rhetoric, as a basis for healthcare reform

Returning to the daily routine after a long, and hot, summer break is always characterised by mixed feelings. Part wishes the languorous morning routines to carry on whilst other forces bring a refreshed mind optimistic about the challenges ahead. This morning’s bright and early start in Brussels was illuminated by two articles in the Financial […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

develop-tree
Global

Posted on 08.07.2009

Creating a coordinated global platform to safeguard health development systems in the future

Talking about the role of the EU in the developing world EC Director General for Development Stefano Manservisi described the new approach to health development policy on a global level: “From donorship to partnership”. He explained that access to medicine needs to be viewed as not only provision of medicines but rather the ability to […]

By Mark Grossien Former Director Communications & External Affairs at Eucomed

NHS-1
Regulation

Posted on 30.06.2009

NHS CEO has a remedy for the future

An interesting article in the latest issue of Clinica.  David Nicolson, the CEO of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) speaking at the Innovation Expo meeting stressed the importance of investing in innovation for long-term benefits and warned the NHS against isolating itself and becoming risk-averse.Clearly the what Eucomed has been alerting policy makers to […]

By John Brennan Director Regulations and Industrial Policy

innovate2
Regulation

Posted on 25.06.2009

Achieving health improvements inside and outside the boardroom

A crowded room at the offices of the European Policy Center yesterday afternoon. The topic of the day is “The future of medical devices in Europe”. The distinguished panel includes Josée Hansen, Pharm. D, project leader, Priority Medical Devices/ EHT, WHO-Geneva . Ms Hansen elaborated on the project’s approach, scope and objectives. In a nutshell, […]

By Mark Grossien Former Director Communications & External Affairs at Eucomed

conferences
Regulation

Posted on 27.05.2009

Opening ceremony of Germany’s largest health policy conference, Hauptstadtkongress

Sitting in the crowded main conference hall of Berlin International Congress Center (ICC) on the opening day of Germany’s largest health policy conference, the so-called Hauptstadtkongress, I am keen to see where senior government officials see the healthcare system headed. The conference center breathes the atmosphere of a 70s sci-fi movie. I am listening to […]

By Mark Grossien Former Director Communications & External Affairs at Eucomed