Khanbhai addresses health conference Sept03
Khanbhai, Tory MEP for the East of England, is today addressing a health
conference in Budapest on the challenges facing the ten Central and
Eastern European states when they join the European Union next year .
a pan-EU healthcare system, which provides almost 500 million EU citizens
in twenty five countries with equal access to quality healthcare, is a
challenge for all stakeholders. Delegates at today's conference are
discussing how such a health system could be funded based on a combination
of state, private and individual contributions in order to meet growing
will also consider the uneven spread of state-of-the-art medicines across
EU markets and ways to close the gap in the poorer health status of some
of the accession countries. This is emphasised by the differences in
spending on national health delivery as a percentage of GDP, which is
significantly lower in the ten accession countries.
Khanbhai, a pharmacist with thirty years experience in the healthcare
industry, is joined by representatives
of public authorities, health experts, academics and patients associations.
from Budapest, he said:
enlarged EU faces the challenge of helping the accession countries to
upgrade and connect their health systems with those in the existing Member
States. This requires investment in manpower, infrastructure and training
of medical personnel from surgeons to technicians.
order to realise the EU's dream of creating a truly single market, we must
reform the delivery of healthcare so that every EU citizen is entitled to
the same treatment."
GIRP is the
European Association of Pharmaceutical Full-line Wholesalers representing
the national associations of over 400 pharmaceutical full-line wholesalers
serving 17 European countries. GIRP members employ about 70,000 people and
distribute medicines with an annual value of around 70 billion Euro.
GIRP's Eastern Europe Conference: ‘The Europe of 25 – Strengthening the concept of the pharmaceutical full-line wholesaler’ is taking place at the Hotel Taverna, Budapest on 25th September 2003