AGORA | EULAR Conference 2019 “A sustainable and effective EU health policy for citizens: Focusing on chronic diseases and inclusion in social and economic life”
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EULAR Conference 2019 “A sustainable and effective EU health policy for citizens: Focusing on chronic diseases and inclusion in social and economic life”

Ovidiu Constantinescu: ”Slowly but surely national governments are discovering that keeping RA patients active is an investment, not a cost. Work done by RA patients is added value not added expenditure”

Ovidiu Constantinescu, Chairman of the Board of AGORA platform, attended the EULAR Conference 2019 “A sustainable and effective EU health policy for citizens: Focusing on chronic diseases and inclusion in social and economic life” that took place on the 16th of October 2019, in Brussels.
During the day-long conference, the speakers and participants engaged in lively debates on a series of topics from “Health and economic benefits of the participation of people with chronic diseases in the labour market” (Prof. Olivia Wu, University of Glasgow) to whether or not “should we need to redefine the role and priorities of EU health policies” (panel discussion between Manuel Pizarro – Member of the European Parliament; John F. Ryan – European Commission; Fiona Godfrey – EPHA; Neil Betteridge- EULAR) and from “Can health policies help people with chronic diseases participate in the labor market?” (Peter Boyd – Arthritis Ireland) to whether “Should health policy goals and priorities evolve from past imperatives? (Prof. Jan de Maeseener – Ghent University)
Ovidiu Constantinescu, Chairman of the Board, AGORA Platform: ”Slowly but surely national governments are discovering that keeping RA patients active is an investment, not a cost. Insuring early access to diagnosis and proper modern care for RA patients enable them to keep their mobility, to be active and ultimately to work. Work done by RA patients is added value not added expenditure. Keeping the RA patients mobile and fit for work is useful to the companies and communities alike, as well as taxable, for the benefit of the state’s coffers. Equally, it is rewarding and morale-boosting for patients to see that their efforts are acknowledged and appreciated by the people around.”
The EULAR Conference 2019 “A sustainable and effective EU health policy for citizens: Focusing on chronic diseases and inclusion in social and economic life” has been opened by Prof. Iain McInnes, (EULAR President) and attended, among others, by: Roberta Metsola – MEP, Theresa Griffin –MEP, Manuel Pizarro –MEP, Sirpa Pietikäinen – MEP, Antonio Cammarota, Policy Officer, DG EMPL European Commission, John F. Ryan, Director – DG SANT European Commission, José Albacete Valverde, Programme.

About AGORA: Agora is an umbrella platform representing patient organizations of people with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) in Southern Europe. Since its inauguration in 2011, Agora has been very active in raising awareness on RMDs aiming at creating a better quality of life not only for its member organisations, but also all people with RMDs in Southern Europe. The membership of Agora is open to all patient organizations from Southern European countries, as defined by geographical criteria and according to the United Nations classification, providing support for people with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases. As of 2016, Agora has also opened its membership, in the form of a co-opted membership, to countries that fall outside the geographical boundaries of Southern Europe.

 

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