The EHRA Summit was held on the 25 - 26 March 2014 at the European Heart House in Sophia Antipolis (FR).
The Spring Summit was specifically dedicated to the 56 European ESC Countries.The Affiliated Societies of the ESC will have their own dedicated Summit in 2015 and will be kept updated in due time.
The EHRA Summit of 2014, on March 25th and 26th, has addressed 'The end of the welfare state' and the future of funding healthcare, medical research and medical education. Professor Karl-Heinz Kuck, President of EHRA, and Professor Christophe Leclercq, Secretary of EHRA, brought together a unique group of prominent speakers on the subject including a British parliamentarian, a hospital administrator from France, a leader of a physician group which owns and runs two hospitals in Germany, a physician hospital administrator from Spain, a Greek healthcare economist, a German Health Insurance Company spokesman, the Chief Executive Officer of the ESC, many representatives of device manufacturers and a substantial number of interested physicians with in-depth knowledge of these subjects. The fourteen hours of presentation, discussion and debate were very informative.The assembled group concluded that the welfare state is not at an end but that vast changes are affecting our patient care, research and the education of our trainees and will continue for the foreseeable years. We must adapt the conduct of our affairs in order to survive. We learnt that physicians in Sweden have been excluded from participating in the planning of the future of healthcare in that country. In order to protect ourselves we will need better representation and we will be obliged to employ lobbying to present our views and ultimately to preserve patient care in the ethical way we wish to deliver it. The new laws affecting involvement of the Industry in training and education will be very prejudicial to what we have constructed together with them. Governments must be persuaded that there has been much good in this cooperation and if it is to be destroyed new funds and processes must be found to replace it. We will achieve more by cooperation than confrontation. It was clear that the changes in the welfare state are very different from one European state to another but there is a common theme and a strong role for EHRA in the future must be to provide an umbrella for physicians in each country by means of which negotiation can take place. This Summit has for the first time brought all stakeholders in the welfare state together to debate freely, thus offering a platform for further development of the way we physicians must cope with the on-coming changes affecting us all.As Professor Kuck, himself, concluded medicine is fun because it is an intellectual challenge that results in being able to help suffering people. We must always remember this in our practice of medicine however it is influenced by bureaucracy.
A report on the 2014 Summit was published in EP Europace.
The end of the welfare state: Is is a reality in European countries?
Moderators: G. Boriani - H. Puererfellner
The view of the physicians:
The end of the welfare state: Education & ResearchModerators: Marek Malek - Haran Burri
Our investments in scientific societies: Still free of charge? Moderators: Geneviève Derumeaux- Katja Zeppenfeld
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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