Spending cuts, increased demand and falling consumer incomes – the crisis has put pressure on Europe’s health services in many ways25 November 2014 // In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services.  A new Eurofound report, "Access to healthcare in times of crisis", outlines the impact of the crisis on access to the complex network of healthcare provision across Europe. The report identifies the groups most likely to face barriers to healthcare as a consequence of the crisis, including a number of new groups that have been generally overlooked by policymakers. Coinciding with the crisis, there is an increase in the number of people with disabilities, a group with relatively large healthcare needs. The report finds that the crisis has sometimes affected their ability to pay healthcare costs and that in some countries chronically ill and disabled people have also been affected by changes in copayment rules.

Are you a young person with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus yourself? Do you have any suggestions on what should be highlighted by Dominik in his public performances?On 20 November 2014, the Universal Children’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a young boy with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus from Slovakia is addressing the three top EU institutions' representatives: European Council, European Parliament, and European Commission. 

This happens in the framework of the Fourth Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy.  There is much to celebrate as we mark the 25th anniversary of the CRC, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, but this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers.

For people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus limited or inadequate access to healthcare can increase their marginalization in society and their risk of developing life threatening complications.25 October 2014 // The World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day’s third edition kicks- off with the theme “Access to Healthcare for all". It reminds the public and policy makers that Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus are a reality and increases awareness to improve the lives of people living with these conditions while celebrating many achievements made by our enthusiastic worldwide community.

Persons with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus and their parents need healthcare and social services to coordinate and cooperate with each other, in order to deliver appropriate, timely, adequate and efficient treatment and support. Services provided at an affordable and accessible multidisciplinary clinic are the best way to treat, support, and follow up a person with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus.

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