Friends of Europe is launching a reflection process on health (dis-)investment in Europe. A diverse group of stakeholders will be convened for roundtables to discuss the complementary issues of smarter investment for better health and disinvestment in health interventions that are ineffective, inefficient and outdated. These discussions will culminate in a publication summarising the highlights of each roundtable and commentary through opinion pieces from leading players in innovation for health.
This work is a follow-up on the results of a previous Friends of Europe Working Group on Health that generated recommendations for the 2014-2019 European Commission and European Parliament mandate. 21 recommendations on what the EU should start or stop doing, or do differently, were agreed on among the key health stakeholders that composed the group. A key focus of this work was to identify and highlight the need to stop doing things that are inefficient or ineffective. The proposed new series on health (dis-)investment follows directly from this recommendation.
This event is part of Friends of Europe’s Health and Wellbeing programme, which focuses on how the obstacles of vested interests and short-term political thinking can be overcome in the difficult transition to new healthcare models and systems – and how these new systems can be financed.
- Friends of Europe discussion paper: Disruptive Models of Healthcare for Europe
- Friends of Europe report with 21 recommendations on what the EU should start or stop doing, or do differently: Adapting EU Health Policy to an Evolving Europe
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12.00 - 12.30
Networking lunch & registration
12.30 - 14.00
Smart investment for better outcomes
The 2008 Tallinn Charter on Health Systems for Health and Wealth confirmed that investments in health are investments in human development and growth. But since then, governments have struggled to maintain levels of spending for health in the light of growing demand and a prolonged economic crisis. Updating the infrastructure and integrating new technology will be expensive initially, but should generate efficiencies and long-term savings. Another big change that is needed is to move away from reimbursing transactions such as medical consultations and interventions and towards rewarding maintenance of good health through incentives within the system.
- Where should scarce health resources be invested in order to get the best value?
- How can all players in healthcare be rewarded for better health outcomes?
- Given the complexity and fragmentation of healthcare, do investments in digital technology make financial sense for public authorities?
The event will bring together a select group of some 40 high-level stakeholders from across Europe, including EU and national policymakers, senior officials from international organisations, business representatives, NGO leaders, experts from the academic world.
It is the first of a series of two working group meetings. The second session will focus on “A strategy for health disinvestment” and the series will culminate with a presentation of the outcomes at the Global Health Forum in Gastein.
José Asua Batarrita, Director for Health Technology Assessment at the Basque Ministry of Health
Francesca Colombo, Head of the OECD Health Division
Patrick Jeurissen, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and Director of the Celsus Academy on Fiscally Sustainable Healthcare at the Radboud University, the Netherlands
Martin Seychell, European Commission Deputy Director-General for Health and Food Safety
Tamsin Rose, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe
End of working group meeting
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 23
This meeting is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Sarah Bentz, Programme Manager at Friends of Europe.