Today’s EU citizens live longer and healthier lives than their predecessors. Nevertheless, while life expectancy has increased, large health disparities persist between different Member States and regions. Furthermore, Member States possess different healthcare and social care systems with divergent access to resources. The European Committee of the Regions affirms that health is a crucial component to the prosperity and well-being of society and works to improve public health, prevent diseases and eliminate health risks.

The opinion considers that adequate and sustainable financing is vital in guaranteeing adequate quality, coverage and access to healthcare. It also raises attention to the burden of chronic diseases and mental illness and calls for increased readiness in order to provide a sustainable healthcare platform. The opinion also stresses that more influence needs to be given to patients and a greater focus needs to be placed on quality of care and medical outcomes. It also considers that better planning and coordination between the health and education sectors would provide sound opportunities for professional development.

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