Health Policy Priorities
In the video below Jean summarises her priorities for health over the next five years (2014-2019)
- Working to stop EU practices that could damage health services including the threat from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
- Ensuring the money that’s available is spent to improve health services in countries where there are difficulties
- In the review of the EU’s growth strategy, EU2020, making sure there is a really strong health dimension, particularly in relation to tackling poverty
“the EU really needs to check what it’s doing and stop practices that damage health services – so the Troika policies for example. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is also a threat.”
Access to Care in a Time of Crisis
In 2013 the European Parliament adopted a raft of proposals put forward in Jean’s own-initiative report examining access to care services across the EU. The report had a particular focus on the impact of cuts and austerity measures, and proposals to make sure care for vulnerable groups is not a victim of the cuts.
Read the press release about the report here.
The full report can be downloaded here.
Universal Care Provision
Jean believes all older people should have their social care needs paid for by general taxation.
“After all, we’ve all got to pay for care: whether we do it individually or as a society. The only question is how fair we want to be.”
She organised a conference to discuss some of the issues. You can see a short video of the conference here: