Friday, June 16th 2017
A memorable day for people living with chronic pain such as Fibromyalgia patients. On that day, the Council of Ministers of Health of the European Union invited member states to evaluate access to treatment for patients with chronic pain.
After the Council conclusions of 2014, during the Italian presidency where palliative care and pain management were mentioned, this is the first concrete action which benefits all chronic pain patients in the EU.
The full Council conclusions can be seen by following this link.
June 2017, for that matter, can be seen as a very good month on the legislative front for people with chronic pain.
First, we heard the news that ICD 11 will give chronic pain a code on June 8th. This doesn’t sound like real breaking news, but for the medical professionals this is important. By using this code they can ratify treatment for chronic pain, which means that insurance companies can be forced to reimburse these costs. More info on this at: http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/revision/en/
ICD 11 will be operational in 2018.
On Friday, June 9th Mr. Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General of DG SANTE, formally announced the launch of the EXPERT GROUP ON THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF PAIN within the EU Health Policy Platform.
This Platform is accessible to patient associations and other stakeholders of chronic pain to discuss issues regarding chronic pain. One of them being access to treatment of chronic pain.
By adding national input from the patient point of view to the Platform, combined with other views, we can come to some kind of position paper to be discussed there. National and EU policy makers are active on the Platform so they will be informed.
You can access the Platform by following this link and then go to the bottom of the page to find the expert group access button. https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/group/index
I can understand that individual chronic pain patients are not jumping around after this news. However, this is a big breakthrough for future policy developments.
Chronic pain is recognized by the WHO. Chronic pain is recognized by the EU ministers of health. Chronic pain is recognized by DG SANTE.
Who would have a thought about that 2 years ago?
Thank you all for helping making this possible.
Joop van Griensven
President Pain Alliance Europe