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WHO European Ministerial Conference on Health Systems [publication] : health systems, health and wealth : Tallinn, Estonia, 25-27 June 2008 : report

by World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe; World Health Organization. European Ministerial Conference on Health Systems (Tallinn ; 2008).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Copenhagen : World Health Organization Europe, 2009Description: 74 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9789289014137.SAPHIR theme(s): Systèmes de santéMeSH subject(s): Delivery of Health Care | Regional Health Planning | Economics | Socioeconomic Factors | Social Welfare | Delivery of Health Care -- organization & administrationPUBLICATION TYPE SAPHIR: ReportOnline resources: Date de consultation : 30.07.2010 Summary: The Conference: 1. explored how well-functioning health systems contribute not only to health but also to wealth and economic development (through, for example, workforce development, increased productivity, alleviating the cost of illness and lowering the number of those seeking early retirement); 2. considered the conditions in which good governance ensures that wealth (economic development) leads to improvements in health, and vice versa; and 3. investigated how productive investment in health systems can contribute to both economic development and social welfare. Specifically, the objectives of the Conference were: - to lead to a better understanding of the impact of health systems on people's health and therefore on economic growth in the WHO European Region; - to take stock of recent evidence on effective strategies to improve the performance of health systems, given the increasing pressures on them to ensure sustainability and solidarity; and - to culminate in the adoption of a charter on health systems that would provide a strategic framework for strengthening health systems throughout the Region and foster political commitment and action, while recognizing the diversity of the Region's health systems and policy contexts. Over two-and-a-half days, the participants: 1. explored the philosophy behind the concept of a health system and its dynamic relationship to health and wealth; 2. discussed technical subjects relating to the four functions of health systems : service delivery, financing, creation of the health workforce and other inputs, and stewardship/governance; and 3. held political discussions on health systems and then made political commitments to following up the Conference by adopting the Tallinn Charter (Annex 1). [Ed.]
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The Conference: 1. explored how well-functioning health systems contribute not only to health but also to wealth and economic development (through, for example, workforce development, increased productivity, alleviating the cost of illness and lowering the number of those seeking early retirement); 2. considered the conditions in which good governance ensures that wealth (economic development) leads to improvements in health, and vice versa; and 3. investigated how productive investment in health systems can contribute to both economic development and social welfare. Specifically, the objectives of the Conference were: - to lead to a better understanding of the impact of health systems on people's health and therefore on economic growth in the WHO European Region; - to take stock of recent evidence on effective strategies to improve the performance of health systems, given the increasing pressures on them to ensure sustainability and solidarity; and - to culminate in the adoption of a charter on health systems that would provide a strategic framework for strengthening health systems throughout the Region and foster political commitment and action, while recognizing the diversity of the Region's health systems and policy contexts. Over two-and-a-half days, the participants: 1. explored the philosophy behind the concept of a health system and its dynamic relationship to health and wealth; 2. discussed technical subjects relating to the four functions of health systems : service delivery, financing, creation of the health workforce and other inputs, and stewardship/governance; and 3. held political discussions on health systems and then made political commitments to following up the Conference by adopting the Tallinn Charter (Annex 1). [Ed.]