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11: Reorienting Health Services – From Cure to Prevention

Hotel Alphof
Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Austria’s healthcare system delivers high quality service. But in spite of an increase in health expenditure, the Austrian average of 60 healthy life years is below the OECD average. According to an OECD study, this number could be increased by up to 3 years if the system’s efficiency were to be maximised. Curative medicine is still the system s most important aspect, while the potential of preventive measures has hardly been tapped. How can we bring about a paradigm shift from treating sick people to promoting health and taking preventive measures, thus making the entire system more efficient? How can the established stakeholders be convinced to support such a development?

Lead Adviser, Health Policy and Strategy, The World Bank Group, Washington, D.C. Coordination
Austrian Federal Minister of Health and Women's Affairs, Vienna Coordination


Lead Adviser, Health Policy and Strategy, The World Bank Group, Washington, D.C.

 Studium an der Medizinischen Universität Innsbruck
 Diplom in Tropenmedizin und medizinischer Parasitologie, Bernhard-Nocht-Institut Hamburg
 Turnusabschluss, Arzt für Allgemeinmedizin, Landeskrankenhaus Bregenz
 Österreichische Aids Gesellschaft
 Arbeitskreis für Vorsorge und Sozialmedizin, Land Vorarlberg
 Master of Public Health, Harvard University
 Master of Science in Health Policy and Management, Harvard University
 Epidemic Intelligence Officer, CDC Atlanta, USA
 Subregional Adviser, Mexiko und Zentralamerika, WHO/PAHO, Mexiko Stadt
 Senior Health Specialist, Latin America and Caribbean, The World Bank
 Health Sector Manager, Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank
 Adjunct Professor, Health Policy and Management, The George Washington University
 Lecturer, Management Center Innsbruck (MCI)
 Certificate, Management and Finance, Harvard Business School
 Certificate, Public Finance and Welfare Economics, London School of Economics
 Certificate, Social Development Leadership Program (SDLP) Cambridge University (UK)
 Diploma: Macroeconomic Management and Fiscal Policy, Joint Vienna Institute of the International Monetary Fund
 Lead Adviser, Health Policy and Strategy, The World Bank Group
 Board Member, Global Fund against AIDS, TB, Malaria; Board Member, Global Alliance for Vaccines


Austrian Federal Minister of Health and Women's Affairs, Vienna

1989-1996 Study of Medicine, Medical University of Vienna
1997-2005 Specialisation in Specific Prophylaxis und Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Medical University of Vienna
2008 D.M. Thesis (Habilitation) for Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Hygiene, Medical University of Vienna
2008-2012 Visiting Professor, School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University
2011-2017 Director-General of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer, Austrian Ministry of Health, Vienna
since 2011 Head, Multisectoral Process of National Health Targets
since 2012 Visiting Professor, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna
Member of the Standing Committee of the Euro Regional Committee, WHO - World Health Organisation
since 2017 Austrian Federal Minister of Health and Women's Affairs, Vienna

Health Symposium

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18:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial


07:00 - 07:15OpeningPlenary
07:15 - 10:00Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Introduction to the Breakout SessionsPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Debate: Abstracting and Synthesising Human NaturePlenary
11:45 - 12:00Eleven Questions for the Future of the Austrian Health Care SystemBreakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 01: Using Big Data to Create a Citizen-Oriented Healthcare System by 2025?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 02: Big Data – Self-Determined Individual Health Behaviour or Skilful Manipulation?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 03: Is Data Protection an Obstacle to the Further Development of Our Healthcare System?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 04: Predictive Genetics – The Right to Know or Not to Know?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 05: Genes Are Unfair – Who Has to Suffer the Consequences?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 06: The Individual Genome – Fate, Opportunity or Obligation?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 07: Doping for the Brain – Individual Freedom or Social Responsibility?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 08: The Findings of Brain Research – A Blessing or a Curse?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 09: Neurosciences and Brain Research – What Do We Make of New Findings?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 10: Health Promotion – Easier Said than Done. What Can Health Promotion Contribute to Public Health by 2025?Breakout
12:00 - 14:00Breakout Session 11: Reorienting Health Services – From Cure to PreventionBreakout
14:30 - 15:15Consolidation and Evaluation of the Future ScenariosBreakout
16:00 - 19:00Reception on the HillSocial
19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


02:30 - 06:00Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to GratlspitzSocial
07:00 - 08:45Future Scenarios for the Austrian Healthcare System 2025Plenary
09:15 - 11:00Modernising Communication in Primary HealthcarePlenary
11:15 - 12:45Health Talk – Nutrition 2.0Social
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 01: Healthy Choices – Promoting Healthy BehaviourPartner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 02: Tyroleans are Healthier. But Why?Partner
13:30 - 15:00Partner Session 03: How much Evidence-Based Medicine is Appropriate? – The Example of AustriaPartner
13:30 - 17:00Partner Session 04: Can Chemical Leasing Improve Hygiene Management in Healthcare?Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 05: Cross-Border Healthcare in Practice – Patients’ Rights in the EUPartner
17:00 - 18:30Vienna Lectures: “Brainier, Better, More Beautiful… – Can Humans Be Optimised?”Culture