The first sectorial event under the Bucharest Forum umbrella in 2013 has touched upon one of the most pressing socioe conomic problems: the health care system reform. The Forum (February 15, 2013) offered a dialogue balancing open ended questions and practical and solutions.Officials, international guestsdebated with healthcare sector specialists, national and European regulatory experts, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector researchers and decision makers, as well as healthcare sector business leaders, with significant role in shaping public and private healthcare policies."Bucharest Forum /Healthcare: A Path to Sustainableand Inclusive Medical Care", has been organized in partnership with Adevarul Group and Link Resource.
Confirmed speakers included Dr. Panos Kanavos, Reader in International Health Policy in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics (LSE) and Programme Director of the Medical Technology Research Group (MTRG) at LSE Health London School of Economics, François Martelet, Board Member European Biopharmaceutical Enterprises (EBE), EFPIA, Hans Christian Hoeck, CEO, Center for Clinical and Basic Research (CCBR A/S), Markus Glimm, CEO, TRX Care, Ana Maria Mihaescu, IFC Chief of Mission, Moldova & Romania, Alexandra Carides, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Statistics Department, Fox School of Business, Temple University, Richard Florescu, Human Development Specialist, World Bank or Bogdan Chiritoiu, President, Competition Council.
Working together with all stakeholders, the Aspen Institute Romania has hosted a roundtable and ran several working groups, representing medical care and services providers (public and private), manufacturers and product providers, patient associations and representations, NGO's representing the medical sector, federations, unions etc.; paying institutions: CNAS, Ministry of Health, local authorities, line ministries operating healthcare providers, private insurers; policy integrators: parliamentary health committees, regulatory authorities, advisory groups, private sector consultancies. Following a series of meetings of these working groups and an extensive effort to integrate competing and sometimes diverging perspectives, a report has been compiled and forwarded to relevant authorities. The Aspen Report focused on concrete policy recommendations in identified priority areas, and representing the positions and perspectives of all stakeholders.
The Symposium came about at the intersection between Aspen Romania's previous work and Adevarul Holding's initiative „What should we do with Romania?" - an awareness campaign at national scale that focuses on critical societal issues. The initiative's rationale is that after joining NATO and the European Union, Romanian politicians and members of the civil society do not appear to have a common goal regarding the future of the country. In the absence of this common objective, towards which all responsible actors should work together, every public policy is heading towards failure. The healthcare reform makes no exception. The need for a common narrative to inspire and incentive inclusive and non-partisan approaches is even more imperative after last political summer.