Ministerial meeting

A Meeting of the Health Committee at Ministerial Level on The Next Generation of Health Reforms was held on 17th January 2017 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France. 

Important developments in health systems, such as new technologies, the emergence of personalised medicine and big data, as well as innovations in workforce arrangements – are challenging the governance of health systems in unprecedented ways. Grounded in the reality of tighter budgets and fiscal pressures facing governments across the OECD, Ministers exchanged ideas and experiences of achievements and barriers to the successful implementation of innovative approaches, and identified priorities for future OECD work on health systems.

A plenary session focused on Releasing Health System Resources for Better Value Care: Tackling Ineffective Health Spending and Waste. As many as three in every ten dollars spent in health systems makes no difference to peoples’ health. Errors remain far too common. Tackling unnecessary health spending is a must.


Meet the Ministers

Ministers shared their experiences on engaging patients, clinicians and managers to identify and reduce low-value care and errors in their system. Ministers also discussed new health care technologies. Innovation in medical technology such as biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and information and communication technology has helped improve health outcomes, changed the global understanding of disease, and transformed the delivery of health care services. However, technologies today increasingly come at a very high cost, and the aspiration to provide them to the population is often limited by budget and fiscal considerations. Ministers discussed these challenges through three parallel sessions.

See here the complete list of Ministers, along with their biographies