Health in an Age of Austerity

Friday, 05.10.2012 | 13:00 - 15:30 | Plenary Hall

Organised by the EHFG

EHFG 2009 discussed “Financial crisis and Health” as European economies entered recession. We concluded that “policy leadership” and “resilience” of communities would be required to steer through the financial and debt crisis. Recession has endured and is deepening in many parts of Europe with new evidence of its impact on health and health systems. In response, austerity measures and budget cuts have been introduced to restore economic stability.

  • How are policymakers taking into account the health consequences of their responses to the financial crisis?
  • What will austerity mean for the future health of Europe’s citizens? 
  • Are we pursuing policies that will achieve sustained improvements in both health and economic growth?

Closing Address

H Brand, President, International Forum Gastein

Introduction by chair

M Mckee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Keynote presentation - Closing remarks

A Stöger, Minister of Health, Ministry of Health

Keynote presentation - The European response

J Dalli, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumers Policy, European Commisson

Setting the scene – the evidence of health and health systems impact

P Mladovsky, Research Fellow, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Health policy-making in a time of austerity

Panel discussion with Q&A from the Audience


J Dalli, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumers Policy, European Commission

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

C Sakellarides, Professor Emeritus of Health Policy, National School of Public Health, Portugal

M Pearson, Head of Health Division, OECD

M Kosinska, Secretery General, EPHA

J Watt, NCD Alliance

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VIDEO reflection

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