Demographics and diversity in Europe. New solutions for health

Wednesday, 28.09.2016 | 12:00 - 14:00 | Kursaal A

Organised by International Forum Gastein in cooperation with European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Europe is undergoing a period of profound demographic change. Population ageing, the rise of multimorbidity, increased societal diversity and migratory pressures may be perceived as potential stumbling blocks for European health systems. Demographic change underlies many of the issues we are facing in Europe today and which we be facing in the coming years. What measures can we take to secure equitable access to innovative healthcare for all Member States? There is much discussion about the challenges of demographic change, but what might be the advantages which could lead to important opportunities for us to seize? Demography is not destiny and by proactively considering the challenges and highlighting the often neglected opportunities presented by demographic change and increased diversity in societies we can better influence its outcome.

Input speech

Nick Fahy, University of Oxford

Panel discussion

Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Pamela Rendi-Wagner, Director, Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs, Austria

Helmut Brand, President, International Forum Gastein


Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


Willy Palm, Policy Analyst, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Kate O'Regan, Member of the Young Forum Gastein Network


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