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14 December 2020
Question for written answer  E-006842/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Stelios Kympouropoulos (PPE), Viktor Uspaskich (Renew), Maria Spyraki (PPE), Sara Cerdas (S&D), Theodoros Zagorakis (PPE), Loucas Fourlas (PPE), Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (S&D), Vangelis Meimarakis (PPE), Jarosław Duda (PPE), Aušra Maldeikienė (PPE), Traian Băsescu (PPE), Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi (PPE), Alexis Georgoulis (GUE/NGL), Frances Fitzgerald (PPE), Anne Sander (PPE), Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé (PPE), Emil Radev (PPE), Romana Tomc (PPE), Helmut Geuking (ECR), Tomislav Sokol (PPE), Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (PPE), Tanja Fajon (S&D), Valdemar Tomaševski (ECR), Magdalena Adamowicz (PPE), Manuel Pizarro (S&D), Lefteris Christoforou (PPE), Nikos Androulakis (S&D), Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL), Manolis Kefalogiannis (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Supporting European primary care systems

All Member States are facing a new lockdown, with devastating effects on the economy and healthcare systems.

Healthcare systems in the EU have reached their limits, and many patients without COVID-19 are not able to obtain access to healthcare. Nonetheless, in this time primary care has become the most important part of the healthcare system. Furthermore, primary care is not a static concept, as it is especially subject to change. We should always take into account the dynamic context in each country, region, or municipality(1).

Robust primary healthcare is the foundation of a health system that is effective, efficient and responsive to patients’ needs. In many cases, primary care centres are under municipal or regional authorities, which do not usually have the administrative and financial capacity for this task.

In view of the above, will the Commission:

1. Redirect or boost the funding of programmes to support a common regional primary care system involving different regions in order to meet the high demand for healthcare services?

2. Collect data about the extra burden that healthcare systems and patients have had to absorb due to the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to evaluate their capacity in the event of a future pandemic?

(1)European Commission, ‘A New Drive for Primary Care in Europe: Rethinking the Assessment Tools and Methodologies’, 2018
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