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Towards a Sustainable and Affordable Healthcare

Objective

The aim of this action is to prepare the future for health research and innovation to contribute significantly towards a sustainable and affordable healthcare.

EU-wide there is a clear and present need to contain healthcare costs to keep the healthcare affordable to all EU citizens. In many EU member states healthcare budgets are overstretched and in some states the growth of these budgets seem even out of control. The societal and economic impact of this emerging trend is significant, jeopardizing the affordability of healthcare to all EU-citizens.

The EU R&D–program could act as an important catalyst for change. Insights are needed on important cost drivers and on the influence of institutional settings. Innovations in technology and methods, which can contain future costs, should be developed and utilized. The challenge is to do so while maintaining or even improving the quality of care.

EU-key players need to come together to discuss this challenge. In collaboration a strategy plan for the development of this research area need to be defined to facilitate and realize the needed breakthrough. They should define a roadmap to:
1) Advice on shifts in accents towards cost containment in the present HEALTH-R&D program and other initiatives and
2) Develop a supplementary R&D – agenda to fill in the present R&D gaps and needs for a breakthrough in cost containment.
This roadmap will contribute to keep the present and future EU HEALTH R&D program relevant to all EU-citizens.

WE-CARE presents a multi-disciplinary approach since financial, technical, economic, cultural and ethical aspects are strongly intertwined. The consortium will seek cooperation with relevant EU initiatives to gain as much impact without developing new, solitary actions.

Though the aim of this action is to develop a roadmap, an important spin-off is the creation of a commitment on a shared responsibility amongst all EU-key players to keep the healthcare affordable to all EU-citizens.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION-1
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Coordinator

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 151 566,87
Administrative Contact
Ellen Rydberg (Dr.)

Participants (6)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 54 257,56
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
FORUM EUROPEEN DES PATIENTS (FPE)
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 39 496,91
Address
Rue Dicks 14
1417 Luxembourg
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Liuska Sanna (Ms.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 65 497,91
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kim Zandvliet (Ms.)
IBM ISRAEL - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 38 616
Address
94 Derech Em-hamoshavot
49527 Petach Tikva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guy Ziv (Mr.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 84 756,84
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Mrs.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 65 497,91
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silke Hönert (Mrs.)