Past Event

Healthcare Systems and Ageing Populations

Growth & Innovation

Date: Sep 23 - Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

The ageing of populations is the most influential factor of healthcare system design. In Japan, 25% of the total population in 2013 was aged 65 years or older and the government population agency predicts that the proportion of this age cohort will rise to 30% and 39% in 2025 and 2050, respectively. A key concept of healthcare reform in Japan is “integration” in terms of both healthcare delivery system and healthcare finance system. There are, however, high political barriers.

Europe is facing similar issues in terms of an ageing population and the implications for healthcare systems. Europe has the added challenge of balancing EU and Member State responsibilities in terms of the economic and social imperatives in healthcare.

This event aims to shed light on the nexus of aging population and the sustainability and efficacy of healthcare systems. It will explore the funding and healthcare delivery systems in Japan and Europe, highlighting some of the lessons learned from Japan and their possible implications for Europe.

Speakers

  • Yukihiro Matsuyama, Research Director, The Canon Institute for Global Studies, Japan
  • Richard Torbett, Chief Economist at EFPIA, Brussels
  • Andrzej Rys, Director of Health Systems and Products, DG SANCO, European Commission, Brussels
  • Craig Burchell, Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Samsung
  • Petra Keil, Head of Global Public Policy, Novartis
  • Chair: Karen Wilson, Senior Fellow at Bruegel

About the speakers

Yukihiro Matsuyama, PhD, is Research Director, the Canon Institute for Global Studies, Appointed Professor, International University of Health and Welfare, Visiting Professor, the Center for Clinical Governance Research, Faculty of Medicines, University of New South Wales, Australia. His research examines the sustainability of safety-net systems in Japan including healthcare, pension, pandemic crisis and employment through international comparison analysis.

Richard Torbett is Chief Economist at EFPIA. He is responsible for strategy as well as economic analysis and EFPIA’s relations with international economic institutions, including the Troika and the OECD. Richard’s current work focuses on the relationship between Health and Economic Growth. Richard joined EFPIA in August 2012 having spent the previous six years at Pfizer Inc., most recently as Senior Director and Head of International Affairs. During his time at Pfizer Richard led the policy development work in developed countries outside the US. He also represented the company and wider pharmaceutical industry with a range of governments and international institutions. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Richard worked as a government economist. He was a Senior Economist at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the UK. As a Government official, he held a number of posts at DTI, Cabinet Office and the European Commission. Richard has degrees in economics from the University of Sussex and the University of Grenoble. He completed his PhD at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex in 2001. He is Visiting Professor at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca.

Andrzej Ryś, Health Systems and Products Director, Health and Consumers DG, European Commission.

Medical doctor specialized in radiology and public health and graduated from Jagiellonian University, Krakow (PL). 1991: established School of Public Health at the Jagiellonian University. SPH’s director till 1997. 1997-1999: director of Krakow’s city health department. 1999-2002: deputy Minister of Health in Poland. Member of the Polish accession negotiators team. 2003: established and ran as a director, the Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer at Jagiellonian University. 2006: joined the European Commission as the Director for Public Health and Risk Assessment in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers in Luxembourg. 2011: appointed Director for Health Systems and Products in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers in Brussels.

Craig Burchell joined Samsung Electronics in January 2014 as Vice President External Relations Europe. Craig is a lawyer and formally Vice President European & International Affairs and Philips’ Senior Representative in Brussels. He is experienced advocate for the ICT sector to governments, institutions and key stakeholders. Craig was chairman, twice re-elected, of the Trade Policy Committee of Digital Europe, leading the interests of hi-tech ICT companies in EU; past WTO Forum chairman at the European Policy Centre & of Working Groups in Business Europe. He is elected Councillor, past Hon. Secretary, & Board member of BritCham Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. He has extensive knowledge and experience of bridging US, EU and Asian cultures. He qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales; is a graduate of Guildford Law school, England, Universities of Leicester, England, and Strasbourg, France; LLB Honours in Law & French and Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises having studied English & French law and European law at Masters level.

Petra Keil is the Head of Global Public Policy for Novartis. She started her career as a scientist in basic medical research at the Universities of Munich and Freiburg, Germany. From 1995-1998 she worked for The Boston Consulting Company in Zurich, Switzerland focusing on Health Care. In 1999 she joined Pfizer in Groton, Connecticut first in a strategic role in the R&D division and later moved on to become the Global Head of Strategic Planning for Pfizer Pharmaceutical, located at the Pfizer HQ in Manhattan. Since 2006 she is working for Novartis in Basel. First as the Head of Central Development Operation and starting in 2007 as the Head of Global Public Policy for Novartis, touching on all relevant issues of the Pharma industry across all Novartis divisions. Topics range from R&D policy over Payment policy to Corporate Social Responsibility.

She holds a masters in Theoretical Medicine, a PhD in Cell Biology and an MBA from INSEAD

Practical details

  • Venue: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels
  • Time: Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 12.00-13.30. A light lunch will be served until 14:00 to provide time for further discussion and networking.
  • Contact: Matilda Sevón, Events Manager – registrati[email protected]
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