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BSR's guiding principles define access to healthcare

NEW YORK — The concept of access to healthcare in the U.S. is often a foregone conclusion, despite the millions of uninsured persons that led to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. But, in fact, access to healthcare on a global level is a much less certain concept.

Exactly what access to healthcare means led the BSR Healthcare Working Group and a consortium of large global pharmaceutical companies to come together and produce “The Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare: From Aspiration to Action,” which was released this week at‘s annual conference here. is a nonprofit organization with more than 250 member companies to promote the development of sustainable and socially responsible businesses. Ultimately, the idea of sustainability is behind how healthcare is supposed to work, Cecile Oger, BSR Advisory Services manager, based in Paris, told “If we wanted this to work we had to link the guidelines to business value, and to sustainability.”

The working group worked for two years to develop the guiding principles and another eight months to create the report and get 13 of the world’s largest pharma companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., GlaxoSmithKline plc. and Merck and Co., Inc., to sign on, Oger said.

The key success factors found in the report outline that access depends on innovation, collaboration, technology, a global perspective, means of measuring access, and driving systemic change. It can be downloaded here.

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