Health Systems Sustainability

Thursday, 04.10.2012 | 09:00 - 12:00 | 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: supporting patients with multiple, chronic morbidities

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.

Go to Session 1

Meeting the need of patients with complex chronic conditions: challenges for hospitals to deliver appropriate services

E de Roodenbeke, Director General, International Hospital Federation

Putting the patient at the centre of future healthcare systems

R Johnstone, Board Member, European Patients’ Forum

Another pathway towards sustainable health systems: reconfiguration of health professionals to meet the challenge of multi-morbidity

T Plochg, Researcher, the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Improved quality, improved safety and containing healthcare costs – too good to be true?

B Lilja, CEO, Danish Society for Patient Safety, Denmark

Chaired by

I Forde, Policy Analyst, Health Division, OECD


I Forde, Policy Analyst, Health Division, OECD

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