European Health Forum Gastein
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    "The big advantage of the European Union is that we are the only region in the world which has the structures and the mechanisms and the tools to act on any problem on all levels." - Martin Seychell, DG SANTE, European Commission

    Today, demand for health and social care is rising, largely driven by demographics. Healthcare costs are rising faster than GDP, and spending on long-term care is increasing.
    At the European Health Forum Gastein 2016 high-level experts and decision-makers in the field of health policy reflected on the challenges and opportunities of ageing societies and other aspects of demographic change.

    Life expectancy reaching a new high, changing fertility patterns, and internal and external migration leading to greater diversity are just some of the phenomena currently being experienced in Europe. These all exert different pressures on European health systems, and innovations and visionary foresights are needed to turn these challenges into opportunities for sustainable solutions.
    Over 550 participants, including ministers of health and senior experts from public and private sectors, research and academia, and civil society representatives gathered from 28-30 September 2016 in Bad Hofgastein, Austria, for the annual European Health Forum Gastein.

    For conference outcomes and report as well as webcasts and pictures please visit: Show less
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