Vaccines Europe Day Public Conference

Investing in Health Through Prevention: Towards Health and Growth

Vaccines Europe Day Public Conference

Location: Sofitel, Place Jourdain 1, B-1040 Brussels
Date: Thursday, 24 October 2013
Time: 08h30 – 13h30

Vaccines Europe is pleased to invite you to participate to a morning public conference centered on the theme of ‘Investing in Health Through Prevention’. According to the recently launched Commission Staff Working Document on ‘Investing in Health’, spending on prevention only averages 3% of overall Member State spending on healthcare in the EU27.

Evidence suggesting the potential for improving resource allocation and cost-efficiency without increasing health spending per se is mounting. Better spending at national level is determined not only by how much money is spent, but also how it is spent – which ultimately impacts health status and quality of healthcare provision. The Commission has therefore identified key priority areas for intervention where structural reforms could accrue savings and contribute to healthcare systems sustainability, one of which is health promotion and disease prevention.

Prevention covers a wide-array of policies and programmes to enhance quality of life and reduce high treatment costs, from awareness raising and literacy activities to life-style related measures and vaccination programmes. Promoting health and growth means keeping people healthy and capable of an active societal contribution. Prevention through immunisation plays an important role in this regard and this event will represent an opportunity to discuss how to make investment in health through prevention happen.

Conference programme

08h30 – 09h00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09h00 – 10h30 Investing in Health Through Prevention: Towards Health & Growth
The EU Commission Investing in Health Strategy
Shifting healthcare spending and resource allocation
The Impact of Adult Vaccination on Fiscal Budgets: a case study in The Netherlands
10h30 – 11h00 Coffee break
11h00 – 12h00 Investing in Prevention Through Immunisation: How to Make it Happen
Moderated panel debate and Q&A
12h00 – 12h30 Award Ceremony Vaccines Today Communications Challenge 2013
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch