Health Policy and European Union Enlargement (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)

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Euro Observer will continue to run as a newsletter until when it is integrated in Eurohealth. It will leave the partnership in because it only planned a time limited engagement and subsequently withdraws completely from health and from Europe. To streamline the HiT production a few tools are produced to guide authors and editors, such as a HiT handbook and a glossary on health system terminology.

It will leave again in because of changing political demands and priorities. The Observatory provides evidence support to the Belgian EU Presidency on its health priority, which results in in the publication of two volumes on the impact of EU Law on health care systems and the social nature of health care.

Also this work on the impact of EU integration on health systems is the start of a range of studies and activities on EU-related topics, such as patient and professional mobility, crossborder cooperation etc.. OBS20 time line Belgian government. As a result, Belgium also joins the partnership.

In June the Observatory celebrates its first five years of existence. Partners renew the agreement for another five years. The Observatory engages in a wide range of meetings with senior policy makers, including a high-level policy seminar in Madrid on coordination in decentralised health care systems, the Caucasus Health Care Financing Workshop in Tbilisi Georgia , the Central Asia primary care workshop in Almaty Kazakhstan , a national purchasing workshop in Sofia Bulgaria , a workshop on EU enlargement in Budapest Hungary and a workshop on health care reform in Ankara Turkey.

This is the start of a successful programme of directly engaging with policy makers through the organisation of policy dialogues, which are gradually developed as a particular brand of knowledge transfer. In January the government of Finland joins the partnership, followed in June by the Italian regional government of Veneto. The accession of ten new Member States to the European Union is supported with a new study on Health policy and EU enlargement that reviews the challenges and opportunities for health. It also marks the start of the Baltic policy dialogue series, an annual. Free movement in health care: a sub-regional approach to cross-border care and health professional mobility Tallinn Investing in integrated care solutions to manage multiple and chronic conditions: analysing evidence, sharing experience and exploring implications Vilnius Ensuring access to new medicines in the Baltics: exploring strategies and options for pricing, reimbursement, usage and collaboration Riga Strengthening primary care: implementing change towards better coordination and more multiprofessional working Tallinn Improving quality of care and ensuring patient safety: strategies, regulation, monitoring and incentives Vilnius In July the Observatory restarts its annual summer school, this time in Venice on the island of San Servolo.

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With the support of its partners, the Veneto Region, the WHO and the European Commission, the Observatory Venice Summer School under the leadership of Reinhard Busse offers a one week intensive course of learning, interaction and sharing of experiences with policy makers, civil servants and professionals from a wide range of countries, focus on a specific topic.

Optimising decisions in an era of uncertainty Integrated care: moving beyond the rethoric Primary care: innovating for integrated, more effective care Placing the person at the centre of the health system: Concepts, strategies, results Quality of care: Improving effectiveness, safety and responsiveness In December partners renew the agreement for another 5 year.

How can European health systems support investment in and the implementation of population health strategies?

How can the impact of health technology assessments be enhanced? Where are the patients in decision-making about their own care? How can the settings used to provide care to older people be balanced?

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When do vertical stand-alone programmes have a place in health systems? How can chronic disease management programmes operate across care settings and providers? How can the migration of health service professionals be managed so as to reduce any negative effects on supply? How can optimal skill mix be effectively implemented and why? Do lifelong learning and revalidation ensure that physicians are fit to practice?

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Before the Department of Health I spent 18 years in the Irish Department of Finance, mainly on the economic analysis and modelling side of this Ministry. He researched economic and political development and recent history of east-central Europe over many years with a primary focus on the Czech Republic. More recently his research and publications have focused on EU economic policies in general with an emphasis on policies towards labour markets, plans for boosting investment and international trade negotiations.

As a lawyer specialized in European social security law, he has been working mainly in the field of statutory health insurance and has been more specifically looking at the impact of EU integration on health systems.

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  4. In the TTIP negotiations, he has been the coordinator of the negotiations on regulatory issues, area in which he will still work until February Schwierz is specializing in the financial sustainability of public finances and health systems. Her current areas of work include equity of access to healthcare and policies to tackle discrimination encountered by patients in healthcare, education, and employment. He is the director of the European Representation of the German National Federations of statutory Social Insurance health, accidents at work and occupational diseases, long-term care and pensions.

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    He finalized a PhD at the University of Amsterdam, which he will be defending in His current research focuses on the social dimension of the new European economic governance, a topic on which he also works as associate academic staff at the Centre for Sociological Research CESO , the University of Leuven. Earlier research dealt with the Europeanization of domestic social policies through different EU policy instruments and the social challenges of EMU and EU enlargement. In this capacity I work as a knowledge broker supporting evidence informed policy making for health and health systems.

    As a knowledge broker I help to build bridges between science and policy making. To this end I work closely with leading scientists and policy makers developing relevant studies and dissemination formats such a policy dialogues, policy seminars and evidence briefings. By education I am a political scientist.

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    Pedro Pita Barros was also President of the Portuguese Association for Health Economics, and serves on editorial boards of several academic journals in the field of Health Economics. He consults for private and public entities, in Portugal and internationally, in the areas of health economics, competition policy and economic regulation. All rights reserved. Issue Section:. Download all figures. Comments 0. Add comment Close comment form modal.

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