Health System Sustainability

Wednesday, 03.10.2012 | 15:00 - 18:00 | Congress Centre 1

Organised by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)


Sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from MSD

The path to sustainable health systems: creating and sustaining the fiscal space

Demand for health care is expected to increase in the coming decades, due to growing health needs and expectations as well as technological advances. Spending an increasing share of national revenue for health is efficient as long as value derived from health care consumption is higher than value derived from the consumption of other goods and services. Countries are faced with a simultaneous need to secure, and in some cases expand, the fiscal base to finance healthcare whilst ensuring that any additional money invested in health care is well spent and does not crowd out other, potentially more valuable, investments of public funds.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is presenting two sessions at this year’s European Health Forum Gastein looking at how to build sustainable health systems. The first session addresses protecting and expanding the fiscal space for high quality healthcare. The second session looks at ensuring quality and value for money in the context of an increasing burden of chronic disease and multiple comorbidity in European populations.

Health systems’ responses to the economic crisis in Europe

P Mladovsky, Research Fellow, European Observatory on Health Systems

Fiscal sustainability and competing insurance: the Dutch case

P Jeurissen, Special Advisor, Ministry of Health, The Netherlands

New methods of payment to control costs: the Estonian health insurance system

T Habicht, Head of Department of Health Care, Estonian health insurance fund

Projecting future health spending in the United Kingdom: Wanless revisted

A Charlesworth, Chief Economist, the Nuffield Trust, UK

Future fiscal sustainability of health systems: the roles of Ministries of Finance

M Borowitz, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Division, OECD

Chaired by

H Kluge, Director, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe


I Forde, Policy Analyst, Health Division, OECD

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