Webinar on Healthcare: The concept of “Common”, towards a social, economic and ecological democracy

On Monday 25 May at 3pm (CET) Transform Europe is launching its 2nd Webinar on Healthcare as a Commons to bring in a multidimensional analysis of crisis exposed by the pandemic. The session will focus on the health system as a common good and the fight against big Pharma with special regard to Europe.

The common goods' point of view seems to be a particularly useful and profitable one for understanding the crisis of the pandemic, both on the health and on the economic and social aspect. It would also, and above all, enable the definition of the answers to get out of this crisis, identifying the forms of a new economic and social model.

The first element that appears decisive is undoubtedly the health system. The role of the public in addressing the crisis is a fact acquired for both the general public opinion and for the economic and political elites themselves. However, only through the role of democratic control of health as a common good, it is possible to prevent a return of the logic of market and privatization process which have demonstrated weakness in dealing with the situation

After decades of cuts in healthcare spending and of TINA (There Is Not Alternative) in which the collective interest was denied, the pandemic offers us the opportunity to question this mantra and impose political choices in favor of the well-being of citizens and communities.

Starting from the point of view of common goods also means including the terrain of social conflict, without which no result is possible. Every social conquest is the result of the mobilization and fight, the conception of common goods must be able to include and promote this aspect, in order to advance the change in the current economic paradigm.

Another dimension that the webinar intends to focus on is the dimension of the crisis of globalism that the pandemic highlights. The only antidote to xenophobic and reactionary nationalism that this crisis could be promoted in each country, is an international response of solidarity and satisfaction of the needs and interests of people at the expense of the interests of multinationals and finance, reinforcing the democratic participation and "using" the solidarity experience we have seen during the crisis.

List of Speakers:

- Marisa Matias, Member of European Parliament, GUE/NGL

- Nicoletta Dentico, Society for International Development, Geneva Global Health Hub

- Sangeeta Shashikant, ThirdWorldnetwork, Expert on Big Pharma, London Coord. Birgit Daiber


Link for registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ll5hxQCoT16raWUwHBCJCg



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