Access to Healthcare
Our commitment to sustainable healthcare
Significant breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating serious diseases, as well as improvements in the delivery of healthcare, have steadily improved health outcomes and increased life expectancy. However, universal access to medical innovation and quality healthcare remains a global challenge and an ethical issue.
Finding equitable and sustainable solutions to the global barriers to healthcare can only be achieved through persistent commitment and action by multiple stakeholders. It requires all players – public authorities, non-governmental stakeholders, local communities and the healthcare industry – to work closely together. To succeed, we must jointly develop innovative, sustainable ways to bring effective and affordable healthcare to people in order to improve health outcomes.
As a global healthcare company, Roche shares a responsibility to tackle the challenges of improving access by overcoming barriers. We pursue sustainable and comprehensive solutions that are tailored to local healthcare needs. In addition to our key contribution as an innovator of new medicines and diagnostics, we offer patient access programs, including but not limited to improving affordability, investing in healthcare infrastructure, increasing public health awareness as well as advancing the prevention and early detection and monitoring of diseases.
We seek to maintain a business model that is financially sustainable, balancing the needs of all stakeholders with our commitment to improving access. As a general rule, we believe supporting improvements in healthcare systems has much more impact than product donations. Hence, drug and diagnostic donations are not a core component of our policy or practice to increase sustainable access to our goods and services globally.
All access programs need to be compliant with all applicable laws, regulations and industry codes, including but not limited to topics such as pharmacovigilance, pricing policy, patient data protection, antitrust requirements and integrity standards related to interactions with business partners and other stakeholders.