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Health systems for the future

Written by Gianluca Quaglio and Amr Dawood,

The health care sector plays an important role in the overall EU economy, accounting for 8 % of the total European workforce and 8.5 % of EU GDP.

All EU Member States face strong and growing economic pressures on their health and long-term care systems, driven by already high levels of public expenditure and debt in most countries, demographic pressures, and technological advances. They also face other challenges, such as the requirements of tackling chronic diseases, multi-morbidity, obesity and mental health issues. This leads to many countries considering innovative solutions to achieving better service and intervention design in the entire chain of care, including public health and prevention. EU Member States’ future ability to provide universal and equitable access to high quality care will depend on making health systems more resilient and more capable of coping with the challenges ahead, while remaining cost-effective and sustainable.

The objective of the STOA workshop on 8 June 2017 on ‘Health systems for the future’ is to offer an opportunity to explore what works best, and to boost innovation for building sustainable and resilient health system models. The workshop will be chaired by Paul Rübig (EPP, Austria), First STOA Vice-chair, and will be moderated by Professor Helmut Brand, Jean Monnet Professor of European Public Health and head of the Department of International Health at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

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The workshop will address issues around the following major topics:

The workshop will help create a dialogue between scientists, citizens and politicians on what issues emerge in Europe in terms of vulnerability of health systems, and what could be the policy context of supporting health system resilience in the EU.


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