Global Challenges for Health

06-09 October 2004, Bad Gastein

The seventh EHFG was hosted by the village of Bad Gastein from 6th to 9th October 2004 and took place under the general theme "Global Challenges for Health". European Approaches and Responsibilities". For the first time the mark of 500 participants was reached and 523 delegates representing science, politics and administration, business and patient organsitions found their way to Gastein in order to discuss how global developments in health impact the situation in Europe.
Topics relating to values, principles and objectives of health policy in Europe were at the centre of the EHFG 2004. Further, issues that pose major challenges to health systems but are sometimes neglected, such as mental health, health at the workplace, women's health, were part of the programme. The debates that took place during the Health Forum also focused on permanently "hot" health policy topics such as the pharmaceuticals market in an enlarged Europe, the financing of health systems, and the basic question of "What defines health?"

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06-09 OCTOBER 2004

Opening
Mentally healthy people take more precautions in childhood
Visions for Europe's health
Heart attack - not for men only
Cancer treatment: a priority for patients in Europe
Mental health in Eastern Europe
Patient mobility and health systems in Europe
Pharmaceutical research moves to the USA
Global health - the 21st century challenge
L4: International coordination in health policy is becoming increasingly important
WS 2: Mobilising against fraud
WS 4: 100 million European citizens already benefit from complementary medicine
WS 5: Austria puts diabetes and women's health on EU agenda
WS 9: Palliative care still unsatisfactory throughout Europe
EU Commissioner Kyprianou urges rapid action against danger of bird flu
Summary: European Health Forum Gastein was a full success

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