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International Conference on Primary Healthcare in Austria and Europe: Innovation for Resilient Health Systems


09 Sep 2021 14:00 to 16:00




Health & Consumers

Event Description

Save the date and join us for the online event on Thursday, 9th September 2021 from 2pm to 4pm (CET) to discuss innovative ways of transforming European health systems in the post-COVID era. Please register here.

The conference is co-organised by the European Commission, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection and the European Health Forum Gastein and will be streamed online with live panel discussions hosted at the House of the European Union in Vienna.

European health systems face numerous challenges today. As they start to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring they come back more resilient, sustainable and effective is imperative. Innovation holds the key to transforming health and care systems and to making them fit for the future. However, implementing innovative solutions from theory to practice can be extremely demanding. These challenges call for a joint vision to foster European collaboration and mutual learning for the successful transfer and implementation of innovations.

The Conference will explore the potential of innovation in governance and finance to strengthen health system resilience and in particular Primary Healthcare in Europe. The panelists will discuss ongoing initiatives and collaborative instruments which European partners can capitalise on to implement innovation. The Conference aims to provide a platform for mutual learning: from sharing successful experiences in the Austrian context of Primary Healthcare to reflecting together on the lessons learnt from COVID-19 across the European continent.

The Conference builds on insights from the initiative to transform Primary Healthcare in Austria supported by the Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG Reform) of the European Commission.

We are delighted to announce our speakers:

  • Wolfgang Mückstein, Austrian Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
  • Janez Poklukar, Slovenian Minister of Health
  • Ioana Mihăilă, Romanian Minister of Health (tbc)
  • Martin Selmayr, Permanent Representative of the European Commission to Austria
  • Nathalie Berger, Director DG REFORM, European Commission
  • DG SANTE, European Commission (speaker tbc)
  • European Investment Bank (speaker tbc)
  • Nick Fahy, Expert Adviser on Innovation and Implementation, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
  • Moderated by Dimitra Panteli, Programme Manager, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies