COVID-19 AND FISCAL MEASURES IN EUROPE

  1. Immediate fiscal impulse: Additional government spending (such as medical resources, keeping people employed, subsidizing SMEs, public investment) and foregone revenues (such as the cancellation of certain taxes and social security contributions). These types of measures immediately lead to deterioration of the budget balance without any direct compensation later.

RANKING OF SYSTEMS OF HEALTHCARE SERVICES IN EUROPE

Source: Euro Health Consumer Index 2018

Based on

  1. Patient Right and Information
  2. Accessibility
  3. Outcomes
  4. Range and reach of services
  5. Prevention
  6. Pharmaceuticals

Ranking

DISEASE COMPETENT BODIES IN EUROPE

  1. Austria: Federal Ministry of Health, http://www.bmg.gv.at/
  2. Belgium: Sciensano, https://www.sciensano.be/en
  3. Bulgaria : National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases,http://www.ncipd.org/

ADVOCATING FOR A EUROPEAN HEALTH AGENCY

Author: Guy Verhofstadt, Member of the European Parliament

IMPACT DU COVID-19 SUR L’ACTIVITE ECONOMIQUE FRANCAISE

Source: Insee 26/03/2020

POLITICAL FALL-OUT OF COVID-19 IN EUROPE

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 presents a severe test for democracies and for the European Union as an institution. And so far, it has been every nation for itself. For the European Union and the new team at its executive arm, the European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, this pandemic is a challenge to her intention to have a “geopolitical commission. This is a major test for the European Union, with the virus piled on top of existing crises over migration and rule of law.

SAVING ITALY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

  1. The Italian economy has been brought to an abrupt halt by the nationwide quarantine. As commercial activity has ceased in the world’s eighth-largest economy, the risk of a broader contagion may turn on how well Italy’s banks — long regarded as Europe’s weakest — withstand the test. Cash-strapped businesses and households may stop repaying their bank loans. At the same time, the government bonds that make up a big chunk of bank assets may lose value as Rome’s costly anti-crisis spending spooks investors.

25 EXPECTED CHANGES IN A ‘POST-COVID-19 WORLD

  1. More people will be ordering online,
  2. More people will be working from home
  3. More people will get their food delivered
  4. More people will rely on takeaway meals.
  5. Sports, entertainment and other industries whose models depend upon large crowds will be negatively impacted.
  6. The tourism industry (airlines, cruise ships, trains, etc) will see usage decline. They will have to act to restore confidence that measures have been taken to ensure they are safe and clean.  

STAY AT HOME ORDERS IN THE U.S.

158 Million Americans Told to Stay Home,

Stay at home orders require residents to stay indoors except for certain essential activities, which include buying food and seeking medical treatment. The orders do not completely bar people from leaving their homes, and  encourage residents to take walks — provided they stay at least six feet away from anyone not in their household — and go to grocery stores

DEFINITIONS: EHEALTH, MOBILE HEALTH, TELEMEDICINE, TELEHEALTH

Definitions

eHealth: The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines eHealth as the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health. The terms ‘eHealth’ (electronic health).

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