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Experiences from a SIP National Platform in Belgium - Poster presentation at SIP 2019

Saskia Decuman, Frans Van de Perck, Steven Brabant, Eline Bruneel, Bart Morlion – SIP National, Belgium

At the SIP 2019 Symposium on the 7th November in Brussels, SIP Belgium presented their work at the poster session, dedicated to the SIP National Platforms.


Saskia Decuman (National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV), Belgium),
Frans Van de Perck (Belgian Pain Society (BPS), Belgium),
Steven Brabant (National Federation of Independent Health Insurance Funds (MLOZ), Belgium),
Eline Bruneel (Flemish Patient Platform),
Bart Morlion (European Pain Federation EFIC)

Under the umbrella of the European SIP platform, a national SIP platform was established in Belgium (SIP BE), carried by the Belgian Pain Society (BPS), the Flemish Patient Platform, the National Federation of Independent Health Insurance Funds (MLOZ), the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV), the European Pain Federation (EFIC)

and Grünenthal.

SIP BE’s key focus is on the (re)integration of chronic pain patients into the workforce as well as wider society. This strategy was divided into three phases.

  • The first was to develop a SIP BE Framing Paper and the associated Call to Action, which would be used as a tool for outreach to additional stakeholders from the pain community, inviting them to be part of the Platform.
  • The second phase was to enlarge the team to a multi-stakeholder steering committee to include healthcare professionals, pain advocacy groups, healthcare insurance providers, representatives from health authorities, regulators and budget holders.
  • The third phase will seek a series of policy workshops be held in 2020 with this extended multi-stakeholder
    steering committee.

For further information about the SIP 2019 symposium, please have a look at the Event Programme.

You can find additional information on SIP Belgium under the following articles:

- SIP Steering Committee meeting at SIP 2019 Symposium

- SIP Belgium Joint Statement

- SIP Belgium objectives in 2018

- Start of a project team for SIP Belgium

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