Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program aims to broaden the scope of the debate on health policy, support sustainable reform in the health sector and develop a program community involving the public and private sector as well as civil society and academia.

The Public Policy Programs of the Aspen Institute Romania seek to improve the formation of policy through transparent, non-partisan, evidence-based, multiple stakeholders’ dialogue. Based on the Aspen Method, our programs offer public decision-makers, private stakeholders and representatives of the non-governmental and academic sectors an exceptional platform for reflection, aiming to reach consensus on concrete policy recommendations in Romania’s most relevant policy fields. By engaging with public decision-makers from the start of the reflection process, in an informal and informed dialogue, mutual ownership of our policy recommendations is fostered.

Under the umbrella of Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program a community was created comprising multiple stakeholders from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors, aiming to:

  • Support public policies aiming to improve the access to medicines and healthcare services in Romania and the Central-Eastern Europe region;
  • Support public policies aiming to improve access to new technologies, supporting the development of an innovation-based health system;
  • Map Romania’s healthcare services needs in order to find adequate responses and identify integrative healthcare solutions;
  • Support public policies aiming to improve the efficiency of the health system and identify additional funding sources;
  • Create a system of best practices which can trigger reform processes and developments in the healthcare sectors in the region and stimulate the use of market synergies.

The 2018 – 2019 iteration of our program continues to be coordinated by Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila (Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Director) and benefits from the valuable support of:

  • Program Partners: Roche, Janssen, Farmexpert, Pfizer, Sanofi, GSK
  • Institutional Partners: Ministry of Health, Presidential Administration, Committee for Public Health of the Romanian Senate, Committee for Health & Family of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, National Health Insurance House, National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development
  • Knowledge Partners: Romanian Society for Microbiology, “Prof. Dr. Matei Bals” National Institute for Infectious Diseases

The core deliverables of the 2018 – 2019 program edition include:

  • Working level meetings of the Task Force with the participation of key stakeholders, focusing on identifying priorities for the healthcare sector;
  • Thematic workshops for the Program Community on the major topics identified, issuing key policy recommendations;
  • A White Paper with public policy recommendations to the relevant decision makers, based on the conclusions of the discussions taking place during the thematic program workshops;
  • A major international conference, Aspen Healthcare Forum, during which the main public policy recommendations are presented in a prominent public setting;
  • A new Custom Socrates Leadership Seminar, partially underwritten by the Simona and Adrian Bot family, with participation of key public sector stakeholders. Under the guidance of seasoned moderators, the seminar will challenge members of the program community to think more critically and deeply about the good society, and to have an informal, constructive debate on contemporary challenges faced by leaders in the healthcare sector. Based on the dialogue between like-minded highly educated and successful professionals, which are discussing how their leadership roles are contributing to the greater societal good, the seminar stimulates a values-based introspection, serving to enhance participants’ leadership capabilities.

Under the ongoing program edition, the following deliverables were carried out: