07 November 2018 - 12:00 - 14:30
Wolfgang Burtscher, Tamsin Rose, Khalil Rouhana

Healthcare systems across the OECD countries are being challenged by ageing populations, increasing costs and limited funds. In spite of the resulting squeeze on healthcare budgets, not all interventions are fit for purpose, representing a significant waste of resources. Whilst healthcare systems are slowly moving away from their traditional focus on facilities such as hospitals to strengthen capabilities in areas such as prevention and data use, so far, however, few countries have created strategies to actively disinvest in treatments that no longer work, and there has been little research on how to identify which health interventions are of minor or no health benefit.

In 2018, Friends of Europe launched a working group series on health (dis)investment, gathering various key stakeholders from the healthcare sector and beyond, to discuss how a systematic approach to spending in health can earmark both funds for innovation and release resources for practices that don’t deliver better health results.  

This debate will launch the report of the health (dis)investment series, presenting the outcomes of these discussions which brings together the views of a large network of health professionals, policymakers, scholars and business representatives on health investments. Key recommendations will be presented and discussed amongst participants, ahead of the new European Commission and Parliament to be elected in 2019.

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Wolfgang Burtscher
European Commission Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation
Tamsin Rose
Senior Fellow
Tamsin Rose is Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe. Having studied international relations, she has 25 years of experience working across the European continent from Ireland to Mongolia. A natural communicator, Tamsin has been a radio reporter, worked on press for the EU Delegation in Moscow and is currently a member of the external speaker team for the European Commission Directorate General for Communication, describing how the EU works and key policies to visitor groups from around the world. Since 2002 she has specialised in public health and public participation issues, serving as Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), and providing strategic advice for health groups on how to engage successfully with the EU.
Khalil Rouhana
European Commission Deputy Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

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