Healthcare as an investment, from cost to social efficiency

Bucharest, 24 October 2017
Amphitheatre Hall, Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee
20 A Marasti Blvd, sector 1, Bucharest



08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 09:15 Official opening: Setting the Priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Health Areas

• Mircea Geoană – President, Aspen Institute Romania
• Prof. Dr. Alexandru Rafila – President, Romanian Society for Microbiology / WHO

09:15 – 10:00 Keynote Remarks
• Prof. Dr. Florian Dorel Bodog, Minister of Health
• Victor Negrescu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs
• Message from Ionut Misa, Minister of Public Finance, delivered by Elena-Oana Iacob, Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Finance
• Prof. Dr. Diana Loreta Păun, State Counselor, Public Health Department, Presidential Administration
• Mihai Covaliu, President, Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee

10:00 – 12:00 Improving access to medicines

The panel will discuss multiple possible policy approaches fostering better access to medicines for the population of Romania as well as the wider Central and Eastern Europe region. A key focus is market access mechanisms for pharmaceuticals including innovative drugs. Improvements need to be made to the presently applicable market access regulatory framework and the way these may assist in pursuing of seemingly opposing objectives of the patients, the public payers and the industry. The panel will further look at pricing, reimbursement and cost-volume negotiations and HTA – a turning point for better access and equity to drugs.

The EU and Central Eastern European regional perspective…

• Prof. Univ. Dr. Christoph Zielinski, President CECOG, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Medical University Vienna
• Dr. Alexandru Eniu, Senior Medical Oncologist, “Ion Chiricuta” Cancer Institute Cluj-Napoca
• Dr. Razvan Andrei Popescu, Head of Medical Oncology and Co-Chair Tumor Center, Hirslanden Clinic Aarau
• Christian Rodseth, Managing Director, Janssen
Moderator: Dr. Vlad Mixich, Health Policy Expert, Aspen Alumnus

…And the Romanian case:

• Răzvan Teohari Vulcănescu, President, National Health Insurance House
• Iulian Trandafir, CEO, Farmexpert
• Martine Draullette, ‎General Manager Roche Romania
• Mihaela Geoană, President, Renașterea Foundation
Moderator: Dr. Val Vâlcu, Director, DCNews

12:00 – 12:15 Coffee break

12:15 –13:45 Mapping Romania’s healthcare services needs in order to find adequate responses and identify integrative health solutions

The panel looks at healthcare infrastructure priorities such as excellence centers, community based medical centers and other medical structures at the national and local level. Romania needs to better address preventive health services (immunization, counseling, early detection of cancer and chronic diseases, TB detection and treatment) and improve performance of preventive and curative health services. The role of the public and private sector in financing and administering Romania’s healthcare services is a key question in order to find adequate responses to current challenges, such as ensuring universal access to health services and a competent workforce in the health sector.

• Dr. Laszlo Attila, President, Committee for Public Health, Romanian Senate
• Prof. Dr. Diana Loreta Păun, State Counselor, Public Health Department, Presidential Administration
• Prof. Dr. Ron Dagan, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
• Prof. dr. Dafin Mureşanu, MD, PhD, MBA, Society for the Study of Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity
• Oliver Groene, MSc, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
• Virgil Şoncutean, Board Member, National Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies in Romania (UNSAR)
Moderator: Prof. dr. Alexandru Rafila, President, Romanian Society for Microbiology / WHO

13:45 – 14:15 Lunch break

14:15 – 16:00 Access to new technologies: Next steps in the development of an innovation-based health system

Telecommunication and information technologies are essential in the interaction between the patients and the medical staff as well as the transmission of medical, imaging and health informatics data from one site to another. Telemedicine has brought the ability to provide clinical healthcare from a great distance, overcoming barriers and improving access to medical services that are not available in some contexts, for instance distant rural communities. The discussion emphasizes the need to integrate new technologies in the Romanian healthcare system, facilitate interoperability of technological platforms and grant access to health data in secure and safe ways.

• Prof. Dr. Cristian Vlădescu, Director, National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development
• Denis Horgan, Executive Director, European Alliance for Personalized Medicines
• Andrei Benghea-Mălăieş, Executive Director, EY
• Carmen Beşliu, Head of Medical Affairs, Novartis Romania
Moderator: Mihnea Samoilă, Head of Health Management, OMV Petrom

16:00 – 16:15 Closing Remarks