Investing in healthier cities: “insuring” prevention

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 | 9.00-11.00 | Kursaal C

Organised by World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD)

The health insurance sector is engaged in the politics of pooling health risks while city mayors are in the politics of managing cities. Most of the focus of the health insurance sector is around reducing the costs of treatment rather than prevention for better health and well-being with a subsequent reduced need for treatment.

This session proposes to introduce promotive and preventive health into the politics of health insurance and thus encourage healthier cities. It will cover how city mayors can work together with health insurance agencies and companies, guided by health experts, to provide a platform where members of the public and particularly clients of the insurance companies receive information on promoting healthy lifestyle choices and prevention and early treatment of NCDs. The modalities of how this can be initiated and implemented will be discussed and the potential and approaches for improving health literacy for NCDs also explored. Mayors will be encouraged to champion this initiative even as it expands beyond cities.

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Speakers & panellists


OLEG CHESTNOV, former Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization

Input from

JOSEF PROBST, General Director, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions

DES CAHILL, Councillior, Cork City, Ireland

JULIA TAINIJOKI-SEYER, Medical Adviser, World Medical Association

KAI KOLPATZIK, Physician & Public health expert, Head Department of Prevention, AOK Federal Association, Germany

KAROLINA MACKIEWICZ, Acting Executive Director, Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association

Moderation & chair

ARMIN FIDLER, MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria /and: immediate past President, European Health Management Association

SIEGFRIED WALCH, Head of Department & Studies, MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria

Biographical information

NameCahill, Des
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NameChestnov, Oleg
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NameFidler, Armin
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NameKolpatzik, Kai
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NameMackiewicz, Karolina
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NameProbst, Josef
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NameTainijoki-Seyer, Julia
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NameWalch, Siegfried
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