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Brussels, 3 June 2015 – Today the Latvian Presidency in collaboration with Health First Europe encourages supporting and investing in the development of policies to improve care for patients specifically in community settings. Launching the “Declaration for Making Patient – Centered Community Care a Reality,” the Latvian Presidency promotes the importance of patient-centered care for all citizens in Europe.

The declaration encourages all stakeholders to focus on supporting Member States to:

  • Increase preventive care in the community
  • Facilitate access to innovation for patients in the community setting
  • Support training of healthcare professionals in the community
  • Promote integrated care across all points of patient care
  • Strengthen the governance of integrated care

Launching the declaration, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health Ms. Solvita Zvidriņa remarked:

EU has an important role to play in supporting Member States to implement better and smarter healthcare policies that put the patient at the center of care in all settings. Promoting quality and better care in the community and smarter use of healthcare services will help to ensure greater health and wealth for all in Europe.”

To ensure genuine shifts away from treatment-driven systems towards preventive care, policy frameworks on community care at EU level should be implemented that would help to enable citizens, carers and innovation to work together towards a common goal of citizen well-being.

To read the Declaration, click here.

For further details, please contact:

Amanda Massey

Executive Director

+32 (0)2 626 1999