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Conference: Opportunities and Challenges of the Estonian Health System to Address Chronic Diseases
March 25, 2015Tallinn

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the current situation and how to further develop Estonian health care system. Two comprehensive studies on chronic disease management in Estonia will be presented.

The conference “Opportunities and challenges of the Estonian health system to address chronic diseases” will take place on 25 March, 2015 at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. The event is organized by The Estonian Health Insurance Fund and The Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia.

The conference will present two comprehensive studies about chronic disease management in the Estonian health system conducted in collaboration with The World Bank and The World Health Organization (WHO). Both studies address the current situation and how to further develop Estonian health care system.

World Bank expert Dr. Christoph Kurowski (Interim Global Lead Health Financing) will present the report entitled The State of Health Care Integration in Estonia, which has studied today's practices in chronic disease management at different levels of the Estonian health system. For the first time, a thorough analysis of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund's actual health data by internationally recognized indicators has been conducted.

Dr. Tamás Evetovits, Senior Heath Financing Specialist, Regional Office for Europe, WHO, and the WHO consultants Dr. Taavi Lai and Dr. Anne Staehr Johansen will present the study "Better Non-Communicable Disease Outcomes: Challenges and Opportunities for Health Systems”. 

 

Moderator: Indrek Treufeldt

 

09.30-10.00

Registration & Morning Coffee

 

 

10.00-10.15

Opening session: Welcome addresses

 

Urmas Kruuse, Minister of Labor and Health (TBC)

Tanel Ross, Chairman of Management Board, Estonian Health Insurance Fund

Marge Reinap, Head of Country Office, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization

Mamta Murthi, Country Director, Central/South Europe and Baltics, The World Bank Group

10.15-10.45

Follow-up to the study on responding to the challenge of financial sustainability in Estonia’s health system

 

Speaker: Tamás Evetovits, Senior Heath Financing Specialist, Regional Office for Europe,World Health Organization

10.45-11.45

The findings from the WHO assessment report” Better noncommunicable disease outcomes: challenges and opportunities for health systems”

 

Speakers: Taavi Lai, consultant, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization

Anne Staehr Johansen, consultant, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization

11.45-12.45

Lunch

 

 

12.45-13.45

Key Findings from the WBG study “The State of Health Care Integration in Estonia”

 

Speakers: Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead / Health Financing, The World Bank Group

13.45-14.00

Coffee Break

 

 

14.00-14.40

Panel discussion: “System level governance and population based interventions to improve noncommunicable disease (NCD) outcomes”

 

Speaker: Taavi Lai, consultant, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization

Comments by: Feng Zhao, Senior Health Specialist, The World Bank Group

Anneli Habicht, Society for Disabled People (TBC)

Professor Raul Kiivet, Head of Department of Public Health, University of Tartu

Maris Jesse, Director of National Institute for Health Development

14.40-15.20

Panel discussion: “Innovations in service delivery:  Primary care-centered, integrated health care models”

 

Speaker: Marvin Ploetz, Health Economist, The World Bank Group

Comments by: Anne Staehr Johansen, consultants, Regional Office for Europe

Professor Ruth Kalda, Department of Family Medicine, University of Tartu

Professor Margus Lember, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu

Ivi Normet, Deputy Secretary General on Health, Ministry of Social Affairs

15.20-16.00

Panel discussion: “Strategic purchasing to improve  NCD outcomes”

 

Speaker: Tamás Evetovits, Senior Heath Financing Specialist, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization

Comments by: Dr Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead / Health Financing, The World Bank Group

Urmas Sule, Head of Estonian Hospitals Association

Tanel Ross, Chair of Management Board, Estonian Health Insurance Fund

16.00-16.30

Concluding remarks

 

Urmas Kruuse, Minister of Labor and Health (TBC)

Tanel Ross, Chairman of Management Board, Estonian Health Insurance Fund