For the first time, public health, prevention of diseases and promotion of health and well-being was part of the agenda.
Obviously, strengthening sustainable investment for Public Health Services and approaches, has high potential to reduce health care costs and contribute to the economic recovery.
- strengthen sustainable investment for Public Health Services and approaches to reduce health care costs and contribute to the wider economic recovery, and aim for a year on year increase in the proportion of health sector funding directed to prevention and public health aiming to level up the European average.
- modernise and protect effective and efficient Public Health Services and ensure sustainable financing mechanisms for example: from taxation or insurance programmes and explore innovative sources of funding.
- a healthy workforce is a productive workforce, hence cost-saving interventions to prioritise include: mental health promotion and healthy employment approaches.
- additional areas that have high returns on investment include: promoting green space, safer road traffic measures and active transport interventions.
- legislative interventions on alcohol and tobacco control measures have minimal investment costs with high levels of health gain and cost savings.
- apply a strategic approach prioritising cost-savings that maximise health outcomes;
- ensure a life course approach is taken and inequalities are addressed in a sustainable way.
- promote Health Impact Assessment to reduce adoption of policies that are harmful to health.
- Build and apply knowledge, tools and raise awareness of public health and cost analysis
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You kan find and use the European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services as well as many more important and useful documents on: http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-do/health-topics/Health-systems/public-health-services