The conference focused on three panels: Promises of Future Healthcare, Improving health coverage, better access to medical services and medicines and Health and finance, an indispensable partnership: healthcare as an investment, sustainability of health funding, getting serious about prevention.

Key Take-aways
➢ Adapting to the future of healthcare means focusing on prevention, innovation and ehealth.
➢ Health is first and foremost an investment: a shift must take place from focusing on costs to focusing on the value created.
➢ Tapping into private financing for the healthcare sector is a must, in the context of relatively limited public resources. The appropriate legislative framework for this needs to be put in place.
➢ The system needs should be connected with a sustainable and predictable growth of the health budget; multiannual budgets should be considered.
➢ Pricing policies for medicines are required to encourage affordable treatments for patients, but also to ensure medicines’ availability on the market.
➢ There is a huge impact of new technologies and AI on the healthcare sector. This poses challenges to public decision-makers in keeping the pace on regulating the sector.
➢ The commitment of authorities is essential in acknowledging innovation and in setting up a legislative framework supporting innovation.
➢ AI can help health systems move from cost-based to outcome-based models.
➢ Vaccination, as a most successful preventive activity, is essential for a sustainable and complete health policy. Availability of vaccines should be considered in public health and procurement decisions.
➢ Prevention includes many activities such as early health education, healthy lifestyle, early detection of non-communicable diseases and immunization. All these may prevent the use of expensive treatments, keep costs down and extend patients’ years of healthy life.