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Investing in Health: Are Europe’s Healthcare Systems Equipped to Meet Future Healthcare Challenges?

March 27 2014
Venue: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels
Speakers: Fredrik Erixon, ECIPE, Sylvain Giraud, European Commission, Pascal Garel, European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, Gaetan Lafortune, OECD, Professor Meir Pugatch, Maastricht University, Christoph Schwierz, European Commission
Time: 09:00

The demands on Europe's healthcare systems are increasing while the fiscal resources to finance them are scarce. While the economic crisis in Europe have imposed bigger fiscal constraints on healthcare policy, the challenges about the financial sustainability of current healthcare policies have been building up for quite some time. How big are these challenges - and what do they tell us about the future of healthcare policy?

While some see the glass as half empty, others see it half full. While broad macro trends may suggest bigger fiscal pressures on healthcare in future, there is a potential to make better use of existing resources and save future resources by smarter investments in healthcare today. A sector with the capacity to add value added to the European economy, several big future push factors on healthcare cost are known and can be addressed – for example by reducing the cost of diabetes by smart investment in obesity treatment, which a new study by ECIPE scholars has suggested.

But it all raises the question: what reforms are necessary to meet future healthcare challenges?



09:00  Registration

09:15  Welcome/Introduction

09:20  Key-note address: Investing in health, Sylvain Giraud

10:00  Factors Shaping the Design of Healthcare Policy: Lessons for investment in health

Panel presentations by (in alphabetic order) Fredrik Erixon, Pascal Garel, Gaetan Lafortune, Meir Pugatch, and Christoph Schwierz 

11:30  Coffee/tea

11:45  Panel discussion

12:45  End