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.
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 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.
Renowned health expert Ilona Kickbusch in an interview with “Healthy Europe” on the significance of health promotion in times of crisis, and on strategies for the future to achieve greater well-being among all citizens.
Affordable healthcare for all is a central objective of the World Health Organization (WHO), and should be targeted by its Member States as well. But is this achievable in times of crisis?