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EUPHW 2023
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European Public Health WEEK

22-26 May 2023


Public health: Global issues, local actions


Wednesday 24 May - Access to care

Providing access to care to all is a challenge and a priority. Removing obstacles such as financial, geographical and waitlist barriers is key here. Ultimately, it would allow all countries of the European Region to reach the goal of offering Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Digital health can play an important role in improving access, but must be considered through the lens of ethics and equality to ensure no one is left behind. Finally, integrating health services across disciplines and sectors (e.g., integrating mental health services with educational services) is an important tool for improving access to care for all.


Daily partner

Our daily partner for the topic of "Access to care" is the The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. The daily partner developed and organised the kick-off event for Wednesday, May 24, during the 2023 EUPHW.


Daily kick-off event

Universal access to care:
How can we overcome barriers in the patient’s care journey?
Wednesday, May 24 at 10:00 CEST 

The recording of the webinar is available here: 


Sub themes

These are sub themes to give you ideas and to stimulate your imagination. They do not limit the scope of the day themes. If you are having doubts on which day you should organise your event, email us at our team will be happy to help you.

  • Harnessing the promise of digital health 
  • Financial barriers in accessing care - exchange of experiences
  • Medical deserts - dealing with the unbalanced distribution of healthcare professionals
  • Migrants’  and refugees’ access to care - best practices and lived experiences
  • Timely and equal access to medicines and vaccines
  • Integrating health services across disciplines and sectors
  • Quality of care
  • Invisible but crucial role of informal carers


Do you want to get involved in this theme?

Is 'Access to care' a theme that appeals to you? 
Whether you are an institution, a health professional or an ordinary citizen interested in one of this theme, you may organise your own event(s). Submit your event here

If you are unable to organise your own event, spreading the word is also hugely important. Have a look at the media toolkit to share the message of the European Public Health Week 2023. 

Of course you can also join one or more of the activities and events. By participating, you will get interesting insights and contribute to the success of event hosts!