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Strengthening governance for health system performance

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 | 9.00 – 11.00 |

Organised by the Austrian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection & the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

All too often a government’s good intentions with regard to health system reform do not translate into good policy let alone effective implementation. And it is not necessarily a lack of money or human resources that frustrates reform efforts. Even well-resourced health systems can be stricken by a string of disappointing reforms. One way to address this issue is to strengthen governance, which is, in other words the way we make and implement collective decisions.

How can we strengthen the main dimensions of governance including accountability, transparency, participation, integrity and capacity? How can we empower governments and stakeholders in strengthening their governance?  How can we reconfigure the governance between national and sub-national levels? What disruption is necessary to get the governance right?

These questions will be addressed in a highly interactive session using case studies, testimonials, group work, plenary discussion and active facilitation.

Speakers & panellists


SCOTT L GREER, Professor, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan; European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

LIISA-MARIA VOIPIO-PULKKI, DG of Strategic Affairs & Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs & Health, Finland

LAURA CASEY, Health Systems and Structures Unit, Department of Health, Ireland

CHRISTOPH SCHWIERZ, Deputy Head of Unit Labour Market, Health and Social Services, European Commission, Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS)


MATTHIAS WISMAR, Senior Health Policy Analyst, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

ILANA VENTURA, Policy Officer, Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection, Austria


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