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Winds of change: For sustainable, resilient and healthy communities

"The Future of Healthcare in Greece" Conference is the biggest annual event on healthcare policy in Greece.
This year emphasis is placed on healthcare initiatives in the EU that create opportunities for supranational cooperation and cross-sector partnering. Collaborative efforts on Access to Medicines are facilitated by the Valletta and BeNeLuxa declarations that aim to balance the system’s financial sustainability with the rapid increase of demand in the provision of preventive and curative services. The prospect for a healthy life is closely linked to the socio-economic conditions. As resilient and empowered communities tend to better respond to change, the perceived winds of change in the Health sector, demand for informed decisions by all. Based on the initiative undertaken by the European Commission that provides policy makers with factual, comparative data and insights into health and health systems in EU countries, we will attempt a political diagnosis of the greater strengths and challenges on a European level.

Moving forward, focus will shift on new ways of investment for innovative forms of healthcare as well as on effective financial instruments to support reforms in European health systems. Investments in health have traditionally focused on infrastructure and medical equipment. But today health systems need to transition to new and more integrated care models – this requires substantial wide scope and sustained investment. The challenge is to access and blend financing components from different sources in a strategic way. The public and private sectors should collaborate to co-invest and co-deliver transformed health services


Watch the speakers’ videos from “The Future of Healthcare in Greece” Conference here

State of Health in the EU
Greece: Country Health Profile 2017

Speakers / Moderators

  • Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Andreas Xanthos, Minister of Health, Greece
  • Costas Fotakis, Alternate Minister for Research & Innovation, Ministry of Education
  • Yannis Baskozos, Secretary General of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Greece
  • George Giannopoulos, Secretary General, Ministry of Health, Greece
  • Ilias Xanthakos, Secretary General, Ministry of Economy and Development

  • Kostas Deligiannis, General Manager South Eastern Europe at GE Healthcare
  • Elias Giannoglou, B’ Vice President, National Association of Medicines (EOF), Greece
  • Athena Linos, Professor of Dept. of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, Athens Medical School, President of the Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis
  • Makis Papataxiarchis, President, PhRMA Innovation Forum (PIF), Chairman, AMCHAM Pharma Committee
  • Vasileios Pentafragas, Executive Director, Panhellenic Union of Pharmaceutical Industry (PEF)
  • Christos Staikouras, MP, Nea Demokratia Political Party, former Alternate Minister of Finance
  • Zois Tsolis, Editor in Chief, Newspaper "TO VIMA"

Scientific Committee

  • Ioannis Boletis, Professor of Nephrology, Medical School, University of Athens
  • Xenophon Contiades, Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Peloponnese, Managing Director of the Centre for European Constitutional Law -Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation
  • Meletios A. Dimopoulos, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Therapeutics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Rector of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Maria Gazouli, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Medical School National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Thomas Hyphantis, Professor of Psychiatry, Sector of Social Medicine & Mental Health Department of Psychiatry, Division of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Ioannina
  • Ioannis Karaitianos, Assoc. Professor of Surgery, Athens University – Chairman of the Dpt. of Surgical Oncology, Agios Savvas Cancer Hospital, President of the Hellenic Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics, President of the Hellenic Society of Surgical Oncology (HSSO), President of the Society of Medical Studies and Editor of the Medical Journal “Iatriki”
  • Michalis Karamouzis, Associate Professor, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Chair of Institute of Molecular Medicine & Biomedical Research Member of National Ethics Committee
  • Christos Lionis, MD, PhD, FRCGP (Hon) Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete
  • Anastasios E. Philalithis, Professor Emeritus of Social Medicine and Health Planning, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete
  • Nikos Polyzos, Professor of Health Management, Department of Social Administration, University of Thrace
  • Kyriakos Souliotis, Associate Professor of Health Policy, University of Peloponnese, Greece, Senior Associate Director, Department of Health Policy
  • Mamas Theodorou, Professor of Healthcare Management and Health Policy, Open University of Cyprus
  • Eleftherios Thireos, General Practitioner, Secretary General Athens Medical Society
  • Athanassios Vozikis, Assistant Professor, Director of the Laboratory of Health Economics and Management, Economics Dept., School of Economics, Business and International Studies, University of Piraeus

Key issues to be discussed

  • Healthcare Systems in The EU: A Political Diagnosis of the Greater Challenges
  • Promoting European Collaboration on Access to Medicines
  • Ways Forward: Financing, Provision and Decision Making in Healthcare

Target group

Members of the Greek Parliament senior government officials representatives of healthcare institutions public and private health services providers financial and corporate organizations senior executives from health and pharma industries health economists health policy experts doctors healthcare professionals patient advocates & patient group representatives academics researchers journalists

International Speakers

Yuri Bender Yuri Bender is a financial journalist focusing on private banking, international asset management and capital markets. He has edited and launched a variety of titles at the Financial Times group and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Professional Wealth Management pan-European and Asian magazine, website and events hub.
Patricia Vella Bonanno Patricia Vella Bonanno is an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner at the Superintendence of Public Health at the Ministry for Health, Malta. The Superintendence is the Licensing Authority as designated by the Medicines Act and it is also responsible for regulation, of all Healthcare services, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and regulation of Healthcare Professionals.
Sara Burke Dr Sara Burke is a health policy analyst, working as a research fellow in the Centre for Health Policy and Management, in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She co-ordinates an Irish Health Research Board funded project called 'Mapping the pathways to universal healthcare'.
Didier Duret Didier Duret joined in 1998, leading the Discretionary Portfolio Management Department, subsequently becoming Head of Financial Products and European Head of Product Development, before being appointed CIO. He held senior positions in investment management at UBS and Paribas, both in Switzerland.
Maurice Galla Maurice Galla is senior policy officer in the Directorate for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technology at the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. His primary tasks involve EU cooperation in the field of pharmaceutical affairs and legislation.
Othon Iliopoulos Professor Othon Iliopoulos graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School. He completed a Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.
Gaetan Lafortune Gaétan Lafortune is a Senior Economist in the OECD Health Division. He is responsible for the development of the OECD health database, which provides a wide range of statistics on health and health systems across the 35 OECD member countries.
Yannis Natsis Yannis Natsis is a Board Member of the European Health Forum Gastein. He currently leads the advocacy for better and affordable medicines at the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).
Dimitra Panteli Dimitra Panteli, M.D., M.Sc.P.H., Dr.P.H., is a 2016-17 German Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. She is currently a research fellow at the Department of Health Care Management at Berlin University of Technology, a role she has held for the past six years.
Dr. Rui Santos Ivo Dr. Rui Santos Ivo is President of the Central Administration of the Health System, IP (ACSS, I.P.), of the Ministry of Health. Since November 2011, he has been vice-president of ACSS, I.P. responsible for the areas of human resources, management of the health resources network, information systems in the health sector and the licensing of health units and monitoring of the use of medicines in hospitals, as well as the area of ​​the Conference Center Invoices.

The Conference at a glance

8 years, 69 distinguished international speakers representing

World Health Organization World Bank European Commission OECD European Patients Forum United Nations High Commissioner EUCOPE EFPIA European Medicines Agency London School of Economics University of Cambridge City Univeristy SDA Bocconi School of Management University of Connecticut University College-London NOVA University of Lisbon ESSEC business School of France Queen’s University of Belfast Universite Libre des Bruxelles International Health Economics Association European Health Management Association European Consumers’ Orgnanization PhRMA McKinsey London Bravosolution UK POLITICO European Edition Bioaxis Unipart UK IMS Health International

PIF (Pharma Innovation Forum)
PIF (Pharma Innovation Forum)

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