The scope of cross-border health services and their coverage by national healthcare systems is highly complex across EU Member States. The greatest concern for citizens is the conditions under which they have the right to receive healthcare in another EU MS, including the recognition of their prescription. The recently adopted Directive makes this mandatory.
The European Community Pharmacy Blueprint reflects the desire among European community pharmacists to advance the pharmacy profession and community pharmacy practice in order to meet patients needs and current challenges in healthcare.
Pharmacists play an important role in promoting healthy ageing and encouraging older people to adhere to healthy lifestyles by reinforcing healthy eating and adequate physical exercise, aspects also relevant to mental health and well being. Older people often see pharmacists simply as someone to talk to helping them to fight the feeling of loneliness and isolation.