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Penilla Gunther: A very interesting day in Brussels about ending financial discrimination against Cancer Survivors
Feb 20, 2024, 18:57

Penilla Gunther: A very interesting day in Brussels about ending financial discrimination against Cancer Survivors

Penilla Gunther shared on LinkedIn:

“A very interesting day in Brussels about ending financial discrimination against Cancer Survivors! The amazing Françoise Meunier was hosting a conference on the theme of ‘The right to be forgotten’.

Two Commissioners, Stella Kyriakides and Mairead McGuinness was supporting the initiative on-site to give the right for cancer survivors to have insurances and loans like anyone else, as well as support from a range of MEPs in European Parliament. Mike Morrissey from the European Cancer Organisation, Antonella Cardone from Cancer Patients Europe, Katie Rizvi from Youth Cancer Europe, Tanja Spanic from EUROPA DONNA  The European Breast Cancer Coalition, and many more participated from different societies and organizations. My colleague from the Cancer Mission Board Christine Chomienne talked about the EBCP and the Mission and what can be done.

I had the honor to underline the importance to see this topic as Citizens Rights – Patients Rights, and that governments also have to look at their systems for social security and labor market insurance in their countries.

A warm thank you to all that take this seriously and are willing to make a change.”

Source: Penilla Gunther/LinkedIn

Penilla Gunther is a member of the EU Cancer Mission and a Former Member of Swedish Parliament. She is an experienced policy maker as former Member of the Swedish Parliament, the Nordic Council, and chair of the Welfare Committee, and also from local and regional councils. She is the founder of FOKUS Patient, a digital and physical meeting place for life science & healthcare with a patient perspective, President of the European Patient Safety Foundation and appointed by the European Commission as an Expert in the Cancer Mission Board.

Penilla is a life-long patient as being heart transplanted 15 years ago and cancer survivor twice. Penilla Gunther co-chaired the European Cancer Organization’s SmartCARE steering committee, a landmark initiative of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan under the EU4Health Programme, digital tool to reduce the communication gap between survivors and health and social-care providers.