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Health care and macro-economics in Europe

Economic and Financial Affairs
Date: Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:00

Venue: Bruegel  |  City: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

Health care systems, be they publicly or privately funded, have major roles in the well-being of peoples, but have major macroeconomic implications too. OECD governments spend about one-quarter of expenditures on health, sickness, disability and recreation together, while the quality of health care influences the workers’ number of days out of work for health reasons. At the same time, demographic changes and technological development put health care systems under stress.

What are the strengths and challenges of health care systems in each EU country? What are the common policy priorities and opportunities for EU value added? How effective, accessible and resilient of each Member State’s health system? These questions will be answer in the first session of the workshop, which will feature the presentation of “The State of Health in the EU” report of the European Commission, prepared in cooperation with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

The second session of the workshop will focus on the macroeconomic implications of health care systems. What role do healthcare systems play in public finances and macroeconomic developments? What are the economic values of investing in healthcare? How efficient are health care systems and does proof of efficiency increase allocated investments or is the effect in reverse order? A further important aspect is inclusiveness: is there equal opportunity to access quality health care? This second session will feature the launch of a Bruegel study analysing these questions.

The event will take place between 11:00-15:00 CET. The agenda will be online in the following days. 



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