Aspen Healthcare Forum, now at its eighth edition, is the major public event of Aspen Institute Romania’s Healthcare & Quality of Life Program, bringing together decision-makers, renowned specialists from the medical sector, European and national experts in the fields of healthcare, health technology and pharmaceutical sector, representatives of academia and researchers, as well as industry leaders engaged in developing health policies. Last years’ participation of a number of experts from abroad contributed to setting up a program community and an agenda of thematic priorities in convergence with national priorities and advanced technological solutions as well as the EU regulatory framework and WHO goals.

This year’s edition will focus on universal health coverage, one of the targets set by world states when adopting the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and the opportunities to implement this concept in Romania and the region. Universal health coverage is defined as ensuring that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

The Conference will discuss how to improve access to essential, quality health services, ranging from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. The event will also focus on ways to achieve a more efficient funding of health systems, including the opportunities to develop public – private partnerships. Furthermore, next steps in promoting consensus on national healthcare priorities will be discussed.

Registration link

Aspen Institute Romania
Committee for Health and Family, Romanian Chamber of Deputies

Institutional Partners:
Romanian Ministry of Health
Committee for Public Health of the Romanian Senate
National Health Insurance House
National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Balș”
National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development
National Institute of Public Health

Knowledge Partner:
Romanian Society for Microbiology

Program Partners:
Alliance Healthcare
Astra Zeneca

Conference Partners:
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Fresenius Medical Care

Supported by:
Medical PR Agency

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3 October, 2019

Palace of the Parliament, Nicolae Iorga Hall


08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome address
· Mircea Geoană – President, Aspen Institute Romania
· Prof. dr. Alexandru Rafila – Member of the Executive Board of WHO / Director, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program

09:15 – 09:45 Keynote addresses:
Carmen-Ileana Mihălcescu – Vice-President, Romanian Chamber of Deputies
Rodica Nassar – State Secretary, Ministry of Health
Marilen Pirtea – Secretary, Committee for Budget, Finance and Banks, Romanian Chamber of Deputies
Cristian Busoi – Vice-Chair, ENVI Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament

09:45 – 11:00 Agenda 2030: Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all
How does Universal Health Coverage (UHC) serve the vulnerable and promote healthier populations? Correlation with the 13th WHO General Program of Work to make a measurable impact on people’s health

Moderator: Prof. dr. Alexandru Rafila – Member of the Executive Board of WHO / Director, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program: UHC – better health for everyone, everywhere
László Borbély – State Counselor, Sustainable Development Department Coordinator, Romanian Government: Health sector priorities in the Sustainable Development Strategy of Romania
• Conf. dr. Diana-Loreta Păun – State Counselor, Public Health Department, Presidential Administration
Pascal Robin – Country Chair Romania & Moldova, Sanofi / AIR Member
Iulian Trandafir – CEO Alliance Healthcare Romania
Radu Gănescu – Vicepresident, European Patients Forum / President, COPAC

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 Panel discussion: Develop partnerships to secure funding for strategic priorities

Moderator: Prof. Cristian Vlădescu – Director, National School of Public Health
• Dr. Laszlo Attila – President, Committee for Public Health, Romanian Senate
Vasile Ciurchea – President, National Health Insurance House of Romania
Cătălin Radu – General Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Martine Draullette – General Manager, Roche Romania

12.30 – 13.15 Conclusions: Next steps in promoting a national consensus on healthcare
• Development of Aspen White Paper for the Health Sector
Prof. dr. Alexandru Rafila – Member of the Executive Board of WHO/Director, Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program
• Q&A session

13.15 – 14.00 Networking Lunch