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OECD 50th Anniversary Conference: papers and speaker biographies


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Documents and presentations


Papers and presentations follow in agenda order


 For 50 years OECD countries have continually adapted to changing burdens of disease; the latest challenge is people with multiple chronic conditions

This paper looks at the change in the burden of disease to which health systems have had to respond over the last 50 years since the founding of the OECD in 1961. Whilst infectious diseases were the priority of health systems 50 years ago, the focus is now on chronic diseases, including multiple chronic conditions. How are health systems coping with the challenge and what international measures are being taken?


Presentation given by Gerard Anderson, Johns Hopkins University, United States


 Ageing, Health and Innovation: Policy Reforms to Facilitate Healthy and Active Ageing in OECD Countries

Increasing life expectancy and falling birth rates are resulting in an ageing population. This paper looks at how these demographic changes should be considered by policy makers.  They need not be the cause of fiscal problems and intergenerational conflict; on the contrary, an effective healthy ageing strategy can deliver a more productive and independent population, keeping people out of institutional care.


Presentation given by Michael Hodin, Global Coalition on Ageing

Presentation given by Anand Parekh, US Department of Health and Human Services

Presentation given by Aaron Cohen, Discussant, Ministry of Health, Israel


 The challenge of financing care for individuals with multiple morbidity: rocket science or child rearing?

This paper focuses on the financing challenge facing all OECD countries a growing elderly population with complex health needs. Dispite a shared problem, countries responses vary widely. The challenges and possible reponses are explored in this paper, which argues that we are at a vital crossroads in the issue.


Presentation given by Geoffrey Anderson, University of Toronto, Canada

Presentation given by Partick Jeurissen, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Netherlands


 Reconfiguring health professions in times of multiple morbidity: eight recommendations for change

Health care provision is highly specialised and fragmented. The paper analyses deficiencies in the organisation of health professions in the light of increasing demands due to multiple morbidities, and proposes some challenging suggestions for future reform.


Presentation given by Nicolaas Sieds Klazinga, OECD Secretariat

Presentation given by David Gordon, World Federation for Medical Education


 Health Sector innovation and partnership: policy responses to the new economic context

There are key organisational implications for health care systems steming from demographic and technological developments and the long-term fundamental shift of wealth creation away from developed nations toward the emerging economies. Current responses are explored and future strategies assessed.


Presentation given by Johan Calltorp, Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg, Sweden

Health Sector innovation and partnership: policy responses to the new economic context

Publication from the Conference: Health Reform: Meeting the Challenge of Ageing and Multiple Morbidities


BIAC Task Force on Health Care


Submission to the Conference




Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Geoffrey Anderson, University of Toronto

Nicole Denjoy, Chair of the BIAC Task Force on Health Care Policy

Jane Halton, Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing, Australia, Chair of the OECD Health Committee

Gerard Anderson, Johns Hopkins University

Niek Klazinga, Head of the OECD Health Care Quality Indicators project, OECD Secretariat

Michael Hodin, Executive Director, Global Coalition on Ageing

Christopher A. Viehbacher, CEO, Sanofi

Anand Parekh, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

Johan Calltorp, Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg

Fernando Álvarez Del Río, Head of Economic Analysis Unit, Ministry of Health, Mexico

Richard Saltman, Emory University, United States





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