Smart investments? Let’s talk prevention. Innovative financing and investments for health promotion – EuroHealthNet General Council Meeting 2018

5 June, 2018
Audience watching speech from European Commissioner Andriukaitis

This seminar addressed strategic investments for health promotion and disease prevention in Member States and at EU level.  How can the shift to prevention and promotion be financed? How can available funds and untapped resources be used for health promotion? What actions within and outside the health system could support system change?

Effectively addressing health inequalities and their underlying causes, and providing universal health coverage, present challenges for health systems in the EU. The unprecedented rise of chronic diseases, with mounting levels of multi-morbidity and disability, pose further challenges to the sustainability of health systems.

Investing in health is an effective and sustainable way of investing in human development, social well-being, and wealth. This fact has increasingly been acknowledged over the last ten years since the adoption of the Tallinn Charter on Health Systems for Health and Wealth. However, it is still not reflected in current levels of spending on health, health promotion, and disease prevention.

How can we ensure clever use of available funds for health promotion? How can social impact investments work for health promotion? How can we set up innovative structures to fund health promotion? How can public-private-partnerships work for public health and health promotion? What specific actions can Member States take to shift investments towards prevention? These are just some of the questions for our lively and interactive debate.

The event was held in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union.

Download the agenda (pdf).


Message from Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

Session One

1-1 Loukianos Gatzoulis Transitioning to the health systems of the future

1-2 Sumina Azam The social return on investment in public health

1-3 Michael Padget Momentum of health promotion and disease prevention

Session Two

2-1 Lieve Fransen European Investment Funds as potential smart mechanisms for investments in health promotion

2-2 Thomas Kergall How investments in health infrastrucutre could shift to investments in health and social services

2 -3 Fredrik Lindencrona Funds, bonds and contracts – methods to realise the promise of prevention economics?

Session Three

3-2 Birgit Cobbers German Prevention Act and increase in funding dedicated to health promotion and addressing HI

3-3 Frank Lehmann Implementing the Prevention Act

Session Four

4-1 Stefan Iszkowski European Semester and monitoring macro economic policy for investment in health and wellbeing

4-2 Simone Marino How can Structural Reform Support Services support the transition to health promoting systems

4-3 Agnieszka Markowska Contribution of the ESI Funds to interventions aiming at health promotion and health reforms

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