The HoNCAB network of Hospitals was presented on 21 June 2016 in the European Parliament, during a session of the Interest group on cross-border health care devoted to pain.
Article 8.5 of the Directive 2011/24/EU states that the degree of patient’s pain must be taken into account in the application process of the cross-border healthcare Directive. In the transposition process at national level only few Countries have formally recognized the importance of the assessment of the degree of patient’s pain as stated in article 8.5. During the 2016 Societal Impact of Pain Symposium, held in Brussels in May 2016, detailed policy recommendations were set out as the result of collaboration between chronic pain patients, healthcare practitioners, researchers, scientists and other stakeholders involved in pain care. Starting from these recommendations, the event intends to open a debate on the topic, based on experiences, good practices and issues faced in the different EU Member States.
The welcome address and keynote presentation was delivered y MEP Patrizia Toia, S&D (Italy) followed by MEP José Inácio FARIA, ALDE (Portugal).
Several organisations were invited to answer how patients live with chronic pain, what may be suggested to the European Commission and Member States so that their rights are respected and which indicators are needed to set criteria for granting access to cross-border healthcare.
Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), European Headache Alliance (EHA), European Multidisciplinary Network in Pain, Research and Education (EMNIPRE) gave their views. They were followed by concrete example of Sine Dolore (Spain), Rede Integrada de Associações de Doença Crónica nos Açores (RIADCA) of Portugal, No Pain Foundation (Malta) and the Hellenic League Against Rheumatism (Greece).
Pascal Garel, Chief Executive of European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) presented the Hospital Network for Care across Borders in Europe, created through the HoNCAB project.
Presentation available here.