Conference on Public and Community Healthcare Alternatives for CE
     City of Presov, June 14, 15, 2004
  The purpose of the Conference is to stimulate International, National and Local interest in the transformation of the healthcare services in the post-communist countries of Central Europe.
   The examination of issues like national healthcare strategies, education and training of new healthcare administrators, future of public - private - partnerships and many other issues will be presented by local and internationally renowned healthcare experts. 

The new Consumer Choices

  Shifting from a public service monopoly, hierarchy and top-down attitudes to diverse providers, networks and consumer power. 
  Central European governments are struggling to combine their traditional methods of state driven healthcare, with the demands of a more sophisticated, consumer-driven society, that is presently going through political and economic transformation. Most expected that ideas for reform might come from Canada, USA, Greater Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Japan or even Sweden. Yet these countries, know for their deeply-rooted belief in the welfare state, are changing as their systems have come under pressure from both patients and health service workers. 
  The shift from a healthcare system characterized by public service monopoly, hierarchy, and top-down attitudes to one having diverse providers, networks, and consumer power has been most striking in the above mentioned countries. The number of contracted private healthcare providers has risen, reflecting consumer choice and the apparent preference of many young doctors and nurses to work for private contractors or "walk in" clinics. 
   This revolutionary approach to public funding, public-private co-operation, and freedom of choice have begun attracting international attention. The most striking consequence so far has been the British Government's recent decision to modify its National Health Services, long the untouchable "sacred cow" of UK politics. The NHS (PHS) is slowly being reformed from a monopolistic and bureaucratic entity into a more decentralized agency with greater consumer focus. Most important, it is becoming more efficient in delivering health services. 
  The above noted countries are not the only ones struggling with these problems. The challenge to reform healthcare is universal. Other Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Finland may also benefit from the new approach. These developments, the new approaches in administering National and Community healthcare, could revolutionize the delivery of healthcare in eastern Europe. In future, healthcare consumers in the developed world will become less and less tolerant of long waiting lists, inadequate information, and their lack of influence. 

Conference Sessions

   - What are the real effects of the Transition Process on the Healthcare System?
  - Managing Change, Education and Skills Development.
  - The New Management Requirements.
  - Liability Issues, Legal Responsibilities and Legislation Requirements.
  - Public-Private-Partnerships (P-3 Concepts).
  - Co-Op Operated Hospitals.
  - Strategic Partnerships /Purchasing Co-Ops/.
   - Co-Op Healthcare Support Services.
  - Volunteerism in Healthcare.
  - Co-Ops and Healthcare Insurance.

City of KosiceProvince of Kosice - KSKCity of PresovProvince of Presov - PSKSlovakian Ministry of Health

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