Since then the EHFG has developed into a key annual event, bringing together politicians, senior decision-makers and representatives of interest groups. Experts coming from public and private sectors, civil society and science and academia form the four groups of stakeholders which constitute the four pillars of the EHFG with their specific perspectives and knowledge.
The EHFG further considers the vertical organisation of societies and the EU by integrating regional, national, European and international levels and thus facilitating the exchange of views and experience amongst key actors and experts from the 28 EU members and the EEA countries, but also from the 52 countries of the WHO European region.
Over the past decade, the EHFG has established itself as an indispensable institution in the scope of European health policy. It has made a decisive contribution to the development of guidelines and above all the cross-border exchange of experience, information and cooperation.
Over 500 leading experts participate in the annual conference held in the Gastein Valley in the Austrian Alps for three days in October. The unparalleled mix of participants is especially critical to the success of this event.EHFG Archive
We focus primarily on health policy in Europe, at all political levels.
Leaders from all health stakeholder groups meet & debate in Gastein.
We report to key European & national institutions, feeding into future policies.
Discuss with senior experts & get a 360° view on major topics.
The EHFG is a superb market place of great ideas for health reforms in the EU Member States. My aim is to transform great visions into reality.
A regular exchange of best practice examples shall support this endeavour.
I am looking forward to the new tasks and the cooperation with the experienced EHFG secretariat.
The EHFG produces a catalogue of recommendations and observations – the Gastein Outcomes - for those with responsibility in health policy development and implementation. These are communicated to the national and European institutions. The recommendations are supported by the subsequent publication of a full scientific report of the proceedings.Outcomes 2019
The EHFG finances are made up of sponsoring from conference sessions, conference participation fees and other financial contributions, such as subventions and grants. The organisation's founding principle is the equal representation of its four pillars, irrespective of their financial contribution to sustaining the EHFG.
The graph below shows the percentage contribution different sectors make to the overall revenue of the organisation.
Under the theme of ‘Dancing with elephants – New partnerships for health, democracy, business’, the EHFG will address the fact that determinants of health and well-being are often driven by the narrow interests of big players. In order to engage with these giants and safeguard the interests of people and patients, it is necessary to devise potentially difficult new partnership models – “dancing with elephants”.
First conference held under the main theme of Creating a better future for health systems in Europe. Topics discussed then: European Health Policy at the Turn of the Millennium, Global Development, National Responsibility and Regional Challenge in a Changing Europe and International Networks.
Reaching 450 delegates. Focus on: health information, adapting IT applications to the needs of health services and improving communication about health risks. A place to be for the back-then EU Applicant CEE countries.
The necessity of integrating health into different policy areas will remain high on the agenda throughout the years.
Reaching 600 delegates! On the occasion of its 10th anniversary the EHFG has founded the European Health Award (EHA) and the Young Forum Gastein Network initiatives.
Drawing attention to the impact of financial crisis and subsequent economic recession on the health systems of Europe and beyond. Health economics, health systems performance and austerity measures will remain on the agenda in the coming years.
After leading the EHFG for 15 years, founding-father Professor Günther Leiner hands over the presidency to Professor Helmut Brand. MEP Karin Kadenbach is elected Vice-President.
Featuring an EU Presidency-Trio debate & Nobel Prize Laureate on stage. Topics on the agenda: population ageing, the rise of multi-morbidity, increased societal diversity and migratory pressures.
In the 2017 board elections, Clemens Martin Auer, Director General at the Austrian Ministry for Health & Women's Affairs was elected the new EHFG President.
At the 21st EHFG conference, health policy experts acknowledged the necessity to avoid reversing the strides achieved in improving the health of Europeans and raised concerns about the possible impact of the 2019 European elections on Europe’s health agenda.
The 22nd edition of the EHFG conference hosted 600 leading health policy experts agreeing on the need for disruptive changes for health and societal well-being.
This year, the EHFG will address the fact that determinants of health and well-being are often driven by the narrow interests of big players. In order to engage with these giants and safeguard the interests of people and patients, it is necessary to devise potentially difficult new partnership models – “dancing with elephants”.