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Health ministers, policymakers and practitioners to convene at Economist Conferences’ Healthcare in Asia roundtable

02-22-2010 02:44 PM CET | Health & Medicine

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Key stakeholders and experts from across the region will come together to explore and debate the best approaches ? and share opportunities for collaboration ? in delivering healthcare in the region.

Key stakeholders and experts from across the region will come together to explore and debate the best approaches ? and share opportunities for collaboration ? in delivering healthcare in the region.

Key stakeholders and experts from across the region will come together to explore and debate the best approaches — and share opportunities for collaboration — in delivering healthcare in the region.

On March 30th and 31st, Economist Conferences will host the inaugural Healthcare in Asia event in Singapore. The roundtable is part of a multi-year initiative and the theme of the first year’s forum is “The healthcare challenges in Asia, and the priorities for reform”. The meeting will bring together a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders from across the region, including health ministers, regulators, policymakers, pharma executives, leading practitioners, healthcare providers, manufacturers and academics.

A number of the region’s health ministers and government officials are confirmed to speak at the event including: Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health, Republic of Singapore; Jae-Hee Jeon, Minister for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, Republic of Korea; Dr York Chow, Secretary for Food and Health, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Dr Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, Minister of Health, Republic of Indonesia; and Dr Chih-Liang Yaung, Minister, Department of Health, Taiwan.

Leading healthcare experts including Arthur Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Bayer HealthCare; Shane Solomon, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Hospital Authority; Professor Peter Sheehan, Center for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University; and Professor Song Ruilin, Executive Director-General, Chinese Pharmaceutical Association Research Center for Medicinal Policy, will also participate in the event and share their perspectives.

The programme will examine the challenges facing governments in Asia in devising and executing appropriate reforms to their healthcare systems. The varied, interactive format will include keynote interviews, panel discussions and case studies. Among the topics are: “Health challenges facing Asia over the next 20 years”; “China — lessons from the most ambitious healthcare reform programme ever implemented”; and “Top down reform: organisational change and governance”.

The opening address will be delivered by Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health, Republic of Singapore. Minister Khaw will review the challenges raised by changing demographics and disease trends in Asia, and explore innovations in services, management and financing that are transforming the healthcare landscape in the region.

Charles Goddard, Editorial Director, Asia-Pacific, Economist Intelligence Unit, and chair of the roundtable remarked, “Healthcare in Asia will provide a platform for dialogue across the region on the kinds of healthcare systems and financing structures that best meet the needs of Asia’s diverse populations. There is no one right way to healthcare reform; rather there are several approaches, the choice of which will depend on the particular circumstances of individual countries.”

AstraZeneca and Bayer Schering Pharma are the lead sponsors of Healthcare in Asia, with Ernst & Young and Sanofi-aventis as supporting sponsors.

For a full overview of the latest programme and confirmed speakers please visit: www.economistconferences.com/health2010

Economist Conferences is a leading provider of highly interactive meetings – including industry conferences, management events and government roundtables – for senior executives seeking new insights into important strategic issues. Participants exchange views and compare experiences with other decision-makers, and with specialists from relevant fields at high-level Economist Conferences events. As part of The Economist Group, publisher of The Economist newspaper, we share its commitment to informed, impartial and authoritative debate. Our unrivalled reputation for excellence is reflected both in the quality of speakers at our events, and that of the delegates.

Yvette Yeo
TPR, on behalf of Economist Conferences
Address: 5 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069183
Tel: +65 6421 0323
Email: yvette.yeo@tpr.sg

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