The future of social health insurance in Europe:
redefining solidarity and responsibility ?
International Conference
on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Belgian Statutory Health Insurance Act
21 March 2014 - Hotel Bloom! Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels

NL -  FR


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 8.30 – 9.00 Registration and coffee

 9.00 – 9.30
Opening session

Chair: Willy Palm, Dissemination development Officer, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Welcome and introduction
Jo De Cock, General Administrator, National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance, Belgium  

The role of the EU
Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General, DG Sanco, European Commission

 9.30 – 10.30 Rethinking social health insurance 

Bismarck revisited. Does health protection need a paradigm shift?
Bruno Palier, CNRS Research Director, Centre for European Studies, Sciences Po, France
  Presentation (Slides)

Assessing health systems' performance. The strengths and weaknesses of social health insurance systems in an international perspective 
Mark Pearson, Deputy Director, Employment Labour and Social Affairs, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  Presentation (Slides)


 10.30 – 11.00  Coffee break

 11.00 – 12.30 

Rethinking social health insurance: lessons for Belgium

Panel debate 
Facilitator: Ri De Ridder, General Director, National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance

  Presentation (Slides)

Jean Hermesse, General Secretary, National Alliance of Christian Mutualities
Florence Hut, Chief Physician, CHU Brugmann
Jean Macq, Professor, UCL
Luc van Gorp, President, White-Yellow Cross Flanders and Head of Healthcare Department (KHLim)
Ilse Weeghmans, Director, Flemish Patient Platform 
Sara Willems, Professor (In) equality in health care, UGent

 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

 14.00 – 15.00

Rebalancing solidarity and responsibility

Chair: Rita Baeten, Senior Policy Analyst, OSE
What is fair? Responsibility and solidarity in health care 
Ignaas Devisch, Professor in Ethics, Philosophy and Medical Philosophy, UGent, Belgium
  Presentation (Slides)

Addressing emerging patient needs: from free choice to integrated care? 
Reinhard Busse, Professor and Head of the Department for Health Care Management, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and Associate Head of Research Policy, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

  Presentation (Slides)

Purchasing for solidarity, quality and efficiency. Can we get it all?
Erik Schokkaert, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium

  Presentation (Slides)


 15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break

 15.30 – 17.00

Social health insurance in Europe: Quo vadis?

Panel debate
Facilitator: Josep Figueras, Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Jo De Cock, General Administrator, National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance
Ulrike Elsner, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Subtitute Health Funds (vdek), Germany
Patrick Jeurissen, Chief Strategy and Knowledge Management Group, Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sports, the Netherlands
Boris Kramberger, Senior Adviser, Health Insurance Institute (ZZZS), Slovenia
Josef Probst, General Director, Main Association of Social Security Institutions, Austria
Tanel Ross, Chairman of Management Board, Health Insurance Fund, Estonia
Frédéric van Roekeghem, General Director, National Health Insurance Fund for Salaried Workers (CNAMTS), France

 17.00 – 18.00  Reception 

This event is financed by the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance