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ESF-IfW Conference on the Global Health Economy

The International Regulation of New Medical Technology: Health, Technology Adoption in the European Union, the US, East Asia and in the Developing World Salzau Castle, Salzau (near Kiel), Germany, 7-11 May 2007

Chaired by: Finn Børlum Kristensen (DACEHTA, Copenhagen & University of Southern Denmark, Odense, DK)
& Lise Rochaix (Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS), Paris & University of Aix Marseille, FR)

Rapid progress in medical technology is closely related to the process of globalization, the increasing integration of national markets for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other types of health-related technology. The globalization of these markets has created an historically unprecedented opportunity to better exploit the inherent economies of scale in the generation, evaluation and diffusion of new technology so that all countries may, in principle, obtain large gains in human welfare. A potential stumbling block, however, lies in the national regulation of access to new medical technology and in the wide variety of specific rules and procedures that national health systems use to protect their patients against adverse events, limit expenditure growth, improve the cost-effectiveness of health care delivery, and achieve other health-related policy objectives.

The issues for our conference thus lie at both the national and the international level, with a particular focus on the interaction between these two levels. At the national level, the question is how the regulation of medical technology can be improved to serve a country’s policy objectives. At the international level, the question is what sort of regulation will facilitate the further integration of national markets for medical technology. Inefficient national regulations do not only slow down the adoption and diffusion of existing medical technology whose social benefits exceed costs, but also tends to reduce the private incentives to invest into new biomedical research worldwide. The evident lack of international coordination on many issues where at least some of it would be desirable needs to be recognized as an additional source of incentive problems.

Our conference comprises five thematic sessions with invited presentations and additional short talks and poster viewing sessions. (1) Theory and Policy Issues, (2) Health Technology Adoption and Regulation in the European Union, (3) Health Technology Adoption and Regulation in North America, (4) Health Technology Adoption and Regulation in East Asia, (5) Health Technology Adoption and Regulation in Low and Middle Income Countries.

Young researchers from economics, medicine and related disciplines are invited to apply for this conference and contribute their own ideas and research findings for selected short talks and poster viewing sessions.

The overall objective is to build international and interdisciplinary research networks in the area of medical decision making.

Scientific programme and application form available from www.esf.org/conferences/07237.

Closing date for application & abstract submission: 23 March 2007.

Financial support: grants to cover the conference fee and a generous contribution towards travel costs will be available for the best young applicants.

Many thanks for passing on the attached flyer to your colleagues who may be interested in this event.

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