What expectations and what perception do we have of health care? What is the situation of the Austrian health care system in the European context? What diagnostic and therapeutic options are available to us today? What are the limitations that funding and management come up against? Renowned national and international experts will address the above questions in Alpbach this year. New methods in the fields of imaging, gene technology and molecular biology, as well as information management, will be discussed. In addition, debates will focus on the role of doctors, who are confronted with numerous new requirements today; they will centre on the changing conditions in medical training in particular. Top decision-makers in Austrian health policy will be present to discuss these topics.