Fit for Work Summit “Investing in Healthcare: Breaking down the silos”

13 August 2013, Last updated at 16:35 EET
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European healthcare systems are facing many challenges including an ageing population, the need to manage chronic conditions and budgetary pressures. Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disorders (RMDs) are the leading cause of sickness absence affecting at least 100 million people and cost European countries up to 240 billion Euros annually.

Organised with the endorsement of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU and in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), this year’s Summit will bring together over 150 key policy-makers and stakeholders from the EU and the national levels. It will be an exceptional opportunity to further the debate about how chronic conditions and their socio-economic impact can be tackled effectively, among others through early intervention programmes that help prevent workers from developing RMD related work disability thus reducing the pressure on healthcare budgets. 

The Summit will highlight the connection between health and work in a context in which chronic conditions impose an increasingly significant burden on our healthcare systems and where new approaches all through the continuum of care (from early prevention to recovery) are required.

In this context, evidence will be presented to demonstrate how national governments can work differently in a joined up approach across ministerial departments (healthcare, employment & social affairs and finance) in developing new pathways which deliver better healthcare and societal outcomes over the longer term.

The Summit will take place on the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on October 16th. The event is scheduled between 14:00 and 18:00.
 

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