5th April 2012

Symposium: Insuring against high medical risks, Oct 2012

Insuring against high medical risks from an international historical and social political perspective

Financing long term care, elderly care and care for the disabled is one of the greatest social and medical problems of modern welfare states. Both in the EU and the US efforts are made to provide coverage for these so called ‘high’ or ‘exceptional medical risks’ through public and private (social) insurance schemes. The problems regarding the insurance of these forms of care are well known and seem to be similar throughout the western world. But the way the insurance schemes and financial arrangements that provided coverage evolved, differed in each country. This development depended on the existing system of (social) health insurance, the level of health care provision and the outcome of social and political debates. The current debate on the insurance of high medical risks would therefore benefit from a broader international, historical and political comparative perspective.

To discuss the question how the insurance of high medical risks evolved and interconnected with the development of social security and health care in both the EU and the US, the Centre for the History of Health Insurance (VU university medical center, Amsterdam) and the Department of Health, Ethics and Society of Maastricht University will organize the symposium Insuring against high medical risks from an international historical and social political perspective.

 On 26 and 27 October 2012 various specialists will present papers on the development of the insurance of high medical risks in past and present in the EU and the US.

Speakers:

  • Dr. S. O. Daatland, NOVA – Norwegian Social Research; Norway
  • Ms. D.C. Dennet, Executive Vice President Global Issues America’s Health Insurance Plans; US
  • Prof.dr. B. Cantillon, Universiteit van Antwerpen; Belgium
  • Dr. R. Götze, Sonderforschungsbereich 597 Universität Bremen and Prof.dr. H. Rothgang, Zentrum für Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Germany
  • Prof.dr. M.E. Joel, Directeur du Laboratoire d’Economie et de Gestion des Organisations de Santé (LEGOS), Université Paris Dauphine; France
  • Prof.dr. A. Österle, Institut für Sozialpolitik, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien; Austria
  • Mr. J. Draijer, Cancellor of the Permanent Representation of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Brussels
  • Dr. K.P. Companje, Centre for the History of Health Insurance; VU university medical center, Amsterdam; the Netherlands

The symposium will close with a debate between the participants and politicians, policymakers, health insurers and care providers about the question what we, today, can learn from comparing the various ways in which countries have tackled the insurance of high medical risks.

The papers will be published in a book, to appear in 2013.

Date

26 and 27 October 2012.

Location

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Maastricht

Adress: De Ruiterij 1, 6221 EW Maastricht (tel.: 0031-43-3509191).

Organisation

The symposium is a joint project of the Centre for the History of Health Insurance, department Metamedica of the VU university medical centre (Amsterdam) and the department of Health, Ethics and Society (HES) of Maastricht University (Maastricht).

Contact

For matters concerning the organization:

Ms. Hellen Heutz,
Department of Health, Ethics and Society
Maastricht University
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands
Tel +31-43-38-81144
E-mail

For information about the content of the symposium and presentations:

dr. Karel-Peter Companje,
Centre for the History of Health Insurance,
VU University medical center, dept. Metamedica
PO Box 7057, 1007 MB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The participation fee is € 200.

For registration, see: http://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/welcome.do?type=participant&congress=7_12019&page=index

Hotel accommodations can be booked via: https://www.rai-hotelservice.com/compass/external/index.cfm?meeting_ID=1703&Meeting_ID_Code=598313526&utm_medium=&utm_source=&utm_campaign=

We are looking forward to meet you in Maastricht!

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