Medicines Reimbursement & Access

Access to Essential Medicines

Prescription medicines are unaffordable for some patients in Europe, in spite of national reimbursement systems. This project, executed in 2009, profiled the existing strengths and potential improvements in three European reimbursement systems that could lower medicines prices. Two workshops were held with advocacy organisations, student associations and citizens in Portugal and Poland to conduct a joint analysis of the reimbursement system and develop policy recommendations. These workshops were an informative pilot exercise that brought together a mutli-national network of organisations monitoring national reimbursement policies and supporting widespread access to medicines.

News

12 November 2009 - Medicines in Poland Workshop Series: Improved Medicines’ Reimbursement. Read the workshop programme and event memo


15-16 October 2009 - Medicines in Portugal Workshop Series: Access and Reimbursement. Read the workshop programme and event memo.

Background

Patients can not afford to pay for their medicines in some European countries, in spite of national medicines reimbursement systems.

Policy Briefs & Reports

Romania

OEBIG reports on Access to Essential Medicines in Romania (Jan 2010). Read the report in English.

Poland

OEBIG reports on Access to Essential Medicines in Poland (Nov 2009). Read the report in EN or in PL.

Portugal

OEBIG reports on Access to Essential Medicines in Portugal (Aug 2009).Read the report in EN or in PT.