The European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) was held for the 26th time this year, with “Health systems in crisis” as its main topic. The EHFG 2023 gathered over 160 speakers, spanning the World Health Organization, European Commission, country officials, industry representatives, healthcare professionals, and civil society actors.
Healthy Europe asked three prominent decision-makers why Europe’s health systems are facing a crisis. Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, Sandra Gallina, Director-General, European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, and Johannes Rauch, Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria, responded.
Despite their many differences, all countries in the WHO European Region are suffering from a shortage of healthcare workers, an issue that has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO is proposing collective long-term action.
Michael West, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University, explains why humans are compassionate beings and why this should play a key role for managers in the healthcare sector.
Data, facts and figures on professions with a workforce shortage, the migration of health personnel and the rise in staffing levels in the WHO European Region.
Health promotion in hospitals is a good way of attracting new employees as well. National and regional networks are helping to implement measures.
The European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), Europe’s most important health policy conference, is being held for the 26th time this year. The conference has long since become the springboard for many other important initiatives.
Buurtzorg, the self-managed healthcare service in the Netherlands, is considered a model of success. It demonstrates how the structures in the health system can be improved for the benefit of patients and employees.
An interview with Anniek de Ruijter, Professor of Health Law and Policy at the University of Amsterdam, about the European welfare state model and its relevance for EU and global health issues.
An interview with Herwig Ostermann, Managing Director of Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, on the crisis faced by the health systems, potential solutions, and the concept Health for all Policies.