Health systems after COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has tested resilience and agility of European health systems in an unprecedented way. The crisis has cast light on their strengths as well as weaknesses, in several cases a lack of preparedness, equipment and infrastructure to deal with an event of these proportions. But the pandemic has also highlighted great solidarity, inventiveness and resilience, not least on the part of the health workforce which has led the way in fighting the pandemic on the ground. Ultimately, the crisis has reminded us about
the crucial importance of health and wellbeing for our societies, that health threats know no borders, and that these challenges can only be faced if we work together, across borders and across sectors.

As we move into the next phase of the fight against COVID-19, with the roll-out of vaccines gaining pace in many countries, we have the opportunity for more concerted reflection about the future beyond the pandemic.
We need to start considering what this crisis has taught us so far, the state of European health systems and European health collaboration, and what could be done better or differently in the future. EFPIA believes that once we emerge from this crisis, we should not only rebuild our economies
and get our societies back on their feet, but also take the opportunity to implement an ambitious reform agenda for European health systems. Going back to the pre-pandemic status quo would not be an appropriate or realistic option.

To frame this important debate, EFPIA has developed this report together with PwC as a result of extensive interviews and discussions with actors and stakeholders across health systems. The report identifies a number of
areas in which European health systems and stakeholders need to strengthen or develop new ways of working to improve their resilience to future crises and better serve their populations.