With Europe’s rapidly ageing population comes a greater increase in age-related conditions, such as structural heart disease. Most structural heart diseases can be treated, enabling people to continue contribute to society, the wider economy, and live actively and healthily.
Equal access to diagnosis, treatment and care of age-related diseases such are SHD are instrumental to achieve the objectives, but evidence confirms that institutionalized age discrimination, or ageism, often act as a barrier. Ageism can go from not recognizing and detecting structural heart disease, to not treating the disease, or – at its worst - leading to devaluing the lives of older citizens.
The Coalition is calling on the EU Commission and Member States to drive an EU Joint Action to promote:
Joint letter from Brando Benifei MEP and Maria de Graça Carvalho MEP calling for an EU Joint Action.
European Commission’s response to the MEPs letter which acknowledges the need for an EU Joint Action on SHD.
* Joint Actions are a type of funding instrument that came about under the third EU Health Programme 2014-2020. They encourage and support cooperation between Member States to improve the health policies that benefit their citizens.
Joint Actions are mechanisms of cooperation which allow a ‘competent authority’ to participate in the achievement of its goal. A competent authority is a Member State’s or participating country’s authority responsible for health or a specific health topic, or any other authority on which that competence has been conferred. In light of the additional recognition for civil-society participation, competent authorities are tasked with identifying and selecting civil society organisations active at EU level that can make the most valuable contribution to the action. Nominated organisations will be invited to join the action as collaborating partners and/or participate in advisory structure.