Health systems and EU law and policy
The state of the art and direction of travel

Conference - 28 January 2016 - NIHDI, Brussels




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  10.00 – 10.15
Welcome and opening
Johan De Cock
, General Administrator, Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI)
  10.15 – 12.30

Panel 1  
 Health systems and the mobility of patients and professionals in the EU
Chair: Willy Palm, Dissemination development Officer, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Application of the Directive on Patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare
Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen, Professor, University of Copenhagen
Presentation (Slides, PDF)

Health professional mobility and EU health systems
Matthias Wismar, Senior Health Policy Analyst, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Presentation (Slides, PDF)

Policy debate
Integrating mobility in healthcare into an EU agenda for health systems

Tom Monks, Government Official, Department of Health, Ireland
Till Voigtländer, Professor, co-chair of the Board of Member States of the European Reference Networks, Austria
Réka Kovács, Expert, Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary and Semmelweis University 
Laurčne Souchet, Policy Adviser, European Patients Forum (EPF) 
Sarada Das, Senior EU Policy Advisor, Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) 
Balázs Lengyel, Legal Officer, European Commission, DG SANTE
  12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
  13.30 – 15.15
Panel 2
 Financial sustainability of health systems and EU governance 
Chair: Bart Vanhercke, Director, European Social Observatory (OSE)

Explaining the EU’s economic surveillance of healthcare systems
Rita Baeten, Senior Policy Analyst, European Social Observatory (OSE)
Presentation (Slides, PDF)

Monitoring efficiency of health systems and health system reform effects
Christoph Schwierz, Policy Analyst Sustainability of public finances, European Commission, DG ECFIN
Presentation (Slides, PDF)

Policy debate
Cooperation to make health systems more resilient
Johan De Cock, General Administrator, NIHDI
Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Ministry for Energy and Health, Malta
Pedro Barros
, Professor of Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and member of the Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health
Boriana Goranova, Policy officer, European Commission, DG EMPL
  15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break
  15.45 – 17.45
Panel 3
 EU health law and policy in global contexts 
Chair: Martin Myant, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

EU health law and global health law
Tamara Hervey, Professor of European Union Law, University of Sheffield, School of Law
Presentation (Slides, PDF)

Health systems and international trade agreements
Meri Koivusalo, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland 
Presentation (Slides, PDF)

Policy debate
Implications for health systems of international trade agreements
Kate Ling, Senior European Policy Manager, NHS Confederation, European Office 
Franz Terwey, President, European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP)
Ilaria Passarani, Head of the Food and Health Department, BEUC
Jean Hermesse, President of the CIN-NIC, Belgium
Fernando Perreau de Pinninck, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG TRADE

  17.45 – 18.00

Closing session
Hans Kluge, Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe
Presentation (Slides, PDF)

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