The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the structural vulnerabilities of European health systems and highlighted the need for more resilient systems able to rapidly adapt to shocks and challenges. The health crisis has uncovered the pre-existing flaws in national primary care systems and the weak coordination between different levels of care. At the same time, it has highlighted the critical importance of strong primary and community health services for an effective response to health emergencies, as they are the front door of health systems and crucial for fostering longer-term resilience.
How have primary care systems responded to the COVID-19 crisis? What role can primary and community care play in ensuring resilience against future public health crises? How can the EU support member states in building more resilient, people-centered, and innovative health systems? This CHES policy dialogue will address these questions and reflect on the role of primary and community care in protecting people’s health and in preparing for future health crises. EPC Senior Adviser and Chair of CHES Hans Martens will moderate the discussion