In March 2014, the European Commission launched a consultation the preliminary opinion on the “Definition of a frame of reference in relation to primary care with a special emphasis on financing systems and referral systems”, as drafted by a group of experts appointed by the Directorate General for Health (DG SANCO) (photo credit: European Commission)
The consultation consisted of an online text, each line was numbered and stakeholders were invited to comment on their choice of lines, under each chapter.
The European COPD coalition in its response highlighted the role of primary care professionals in the diagnosis of respiratory diseases, in particular, COPD, in the continuum of care and, as central points of contact for patients.
Herewith are the comments and suggestions submitted electronically. For a better understanding, the lines commented are mentioned in italic.