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Parliamentary questions
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16 December 2019
Question for written answer E-004418/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
Estrella Durá Ferrandis (S&D), Alicia Homs Ginel (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Access to healthcare for vulnerable groups

According to the World Health Organisation, universal healthcare means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

President von der Leyen has committed to fully implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), in which the right to timely access to affordable, preventive and curative healthcare of good quality is enshrined.

Although it is assumed that the Member States have achieved universal healthcare coverage, the 2019 Observatory Report from Doctors of the World shows that the EU is far from guaranteeing this right, with more than 80 % of the people contacted for this report saying that they have no healthcare coverage. Serious imbalances in healthcare provision among the Member States were also reported.

Will the Commission move the EPSR forward by promoting innovative and new solutions at EU level, with the aim of guaranteeing universal healthcare?

Will extra economic and human resources be allocated for that purpose?

Does the Commission plan to include vulnerable groups in health reporting and national statistics?

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