Investing in health 2

Thursday, 03.10.2013 | 09:00 - 12:00

Organised by DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission

Investing in health. From health to wealth

As a result of the financial and economic crisis, several Member States of the European Union reduced their budgets which led to a drop in health expenditure for the first time in decades.

Beyond the possible direct or indirect effects on the health of the population, budgetary constraints force countries to rethink how to reform their health systems to make them fit for purpose to address growing challenges such as an ageing population, patients’ expectations and technological progress with at times decreased resources.

In these parallel forum sessions the speakers will:
• Highlight the need for effective investments in health systems and the health status of the population
• Exemplify areas of investing in health that could lead to gains in efficiency of public spending, to better quality of care and to reducing inequalities in health
• Discuss different approaches to the reform of national health systems in the EU, including through prevention and health promotion
• Highlight examples of policy innovation in health systems
• Showcase good practice from member countries of the European Union

Round 1 | Prevention – a way to avoid the financing and ageing dilemma?


C Needle, Director, EuroHealthNet

The economics of prevention

Mark Pearson, Head of the Health Division, OECD

Tackling the determinants of health - strategies for prevention and health promotion

John F Ryan, Director of Unit, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission

Innovation in active and health ageing – preventing immunosenescence

Sibilia Quilici, Senior Manager, Health Policy, Sanofi Pasteur MSD

Round 2 | From health to wealth – priorities for investment by 2020

Round-table discussion

Antonyia Parvanova, Member of the European Parilament (ALDE, Bulgaria)

W Piskorz, Head of Unit, DG Regional Policy and Urban (DG REGIO), European Commission

Paul Hendrik Smit, Advisor, Agathellon

Monika Kosinska, Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance

Pascal Garel, Chief Executive, European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)


Paola Testori Coggi, Director-General, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission

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