The 2nd Industry Forum – Karpacz, December 8-10

The 2nd Industry Forum – Karpacz, December 8-10

In Kooperation mit dem Institute for Eastern Studies organisiert unser Verein auf dem “2nd Industry Forum” das vom 8. bis zum 10. Dezember in Karpacz stattfinden wird eine Debatte mit dem Thema: „Health crossing borders: un/used chances for border regions“ (Gesundheit grenzüberschreitend: un/genutzte Chancen für die Grenzregionen). Unsere Vorstandsvorsitzende, Joanna Jozefiak, wird dabei am Freitag auf der Veranstaltung zuerst den Verein und dessen Ziele vorstellen und anschließend mit geladenen Experten über das Thema debattieren. Folgenden Teaser für die Podiumsdiskussion haben wir mit dem Institute for Eastern Studies verfasst:

“The European domestic market is built on borderless trade. Moreover every EU citizen has the right to move from one member state to another without any difficulties. But still, there are huge barriers between the European health-care systems, although referring to experts there are big potentials for all relevant actors, especially in border regions. On the discussion board “Health-care cooperation in border regions” on the Second Economic Forum in Karpacz (08.12 – 10.12) we will have with our guests a good look at the main opportunities.

In 2011, after years of debating, the EU agreed on the Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross-border Healthcare. This directive clarified the existing patient entitlements and had originally the intention to break down the borders in European health care. But still there is a big room for improvement to be made, which would  tackle the current problems.

Especially rural areas, mainly ones near borders, where the access to health care is restricted to the residents on one side, reforms and initiatives can change a lot. Cross-border emergency medicine, long distances to specialists including long waiting times, aging personnel without possible successors, improvable cross-border exchange of knowledge etc. are emerging challenges. Cross-border healthcare therefore does not only have potential for improving the patients’ supply quality, but also could enable growth in some segments.

There are already some examples, which have started the first initiatives in cross-border healthcare. For instance the French Spanish hospital Cerdanya, the Austrian Czech “Healthcross” project in Gmuend or the recently founded German Polish medical centre Brandmed in Slubice. Some main responsible coordinators of these projects and experts of this subject will explain their experiences and have room for discussions about necessary improvements, opportunities and the future challenges.”

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