Health technologies and medicines
WHO/Europe supports countries in their development of policies and guidance for responsible selection and use of medicines and medical products. Work is performed throughout the WHO European Region, networking with countries and providing them direct technical assistance and support. The focus is on supporting Member States to improve access to quality, affordable essential medicines and their responsible use.Read more about health technologies and medicines
Top storyHow to ensure access to essential medicines for all? New WHO report reviews medicines reimbursement policies in Europe
The new WHO report “Medicines reimbursement policies in Europe” examines the various policies that increase access to affordable medicines. Based on direct data collection from 45 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region, it showcases diverse national practices and aims to identify key aspects of policy frameworks that protect vulnerable groups from unaffordable out-of-pocket payments for medicines.
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WHO/Europe works with countries to help them ensure that people have equitable access to affordable medicines of assured quality, and that medicine will be prescribed and used appropriately.Read more about WHO/Europe’s work on medicines
Technology is used in all types of health facilities, plays a major role in contemporary health care systems and contributes directly to the quality of patient care.Read more about health technologies
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National policies on medicines cover all aspects, including manufacturing, patenting, prescribing, regulation, taxation and pricing.