1st Croatian Health
June 2023 – Opatija, Croatia
Perspectives on the resilience of
The multiple challenges of aging societies, growing demand for
long-term care, increased burden for the healthcare workforce, and shrinking
budgets for public healthcare systems are common to most high-income countries.
Despite facing vastly similar health systems’ challenges, most Central and Eastern
European countries (including EU-member states and non-member states) lag
behind in terms of innovations in the ways their healthcare systems are
organised and issues tackled. Additionally, compared to Western Europe, the
region has a substantial gap in terms of economic development, with various
countries still in a middle-income status, which makes the fiscal constraints
even more salient.
The 1st Croatian Health Economics Workshop aims to
stimulate an academic discussion around these topics, fostering a closer collaboration
between scholars with interest in health, labour and public economics, within
Croatia, Central and Eastern Europe as well as internationally. More generally,
the workshop hopes to serve as a platform for exchanging best practices and
transferring knowledge within Central and Eastern Europe and the international
community. The workshop will primarily focus on the following broad themes:
The increase in health care costs at a faster pace compared to the rates of
healthcare budget expansion or GDP growth beg the question of how sustainable
the current health systems are in the long run. Around this broad theme, the
workshop welcomes evidence on approaches to prioritise innovative technologies/interventions,
system reorganizations contributing to more efficient and effective healthcare
delivery, policies reducing socioeconomic health inequalities in access and
health outcomes or policies increasing population coverage, as well as similar
Long-term care and aging:
The increasing demand for long-term care in response to both ageing and an
increased burden of chronic conditions calls for profound changes in the design
of healthcare systems. Among multiple challenges, three key elements of
interest are (1) finding ways to ensure appropriate funding, (2) ensure
continuity and integration of care, and (3) maintain equity of access for
disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.
Data linkage and outcomes measurement: Although it is often perceived as an obvious pre-requisite,
appropriate approaches to measure health and healthcare outcomes should not be
taken for granted. Two big areas of interest are (1) innovative approaches to administering,
linking and using administrative datasets, and (2) integration of quality-of-life
measures in broader evaluations of healthcare policies or changes to the
organisation of healthcare services.
Shortage of healthcare workers – especially in primary care – are a common
issue across the board. Clear solutions to tackle this problem have not yet
been found. The workshop welcomes contributions broadly providing evidence on
the implications of and the potential solution for the health workforce crisis,
including assessments of strategies to expand the skill-mix in primary and
hospital care, interventions to improve retention, and studies outlining the
trade-offs faced by healthcare providers themselves.
There is solid evidence that financial incentives change behaviours of
healthcare providers and patients. Whether these changes in behaviours are
always geared towards a more efficient, effective and equitable provision of
healthcare is much less clear. For this theme, the workshop seeks novel
evidence on the response of healthcare providers and patients to financial
incentives, focusing for instance on (1) distributional effects, (2) unintended
effects and externalities, (3) effects on efficiency, (4) cost-effectiveness of
provider payment reforms, (5) reducing moral hazard.
Preference may be given to papers
proposing studies specific to the Central and Eastern European countries or to
authors with substantial links or affiliations to Central and Eastern Europe.
Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to submit.
The workshop aims to create a
supportive environment to discuss, critique and ultimately improve scholarly
work, as well as a learning experience for all participants. The workshop will
accept 14 full papers. Each accepted paper will be assigned a discussant
who will receive the paper ahead of the workshop. Tentatively, papers submitted
by Early Career Researchers will be discussed by expert senior academics.
Each session will run as follows: (a) a
brief presentation by the author (15 min), (b) a thorough discussion of the
paper by the assigned discussant (15 min), (c) open discussion with the
audience (5 min).
If you want to present your paper and
have it discussed at CHEW, please submit your abstracts (max 350 words,
preferably structured) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 17th March, 2023. Early
Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to submit.
submission: 17th March, 2023
of acceptance: 1st April, 2023
paper submission: No later than 12th May, 2023
The workshop will start on Thursday 8th
(afternoon) and close on Saturday 10th June (early afternoon) 2023.
The workshop will host contributions
from two distinguished keynote speakers:
Prof. Aleksandra Torbica (Università
Bocconi, President-Elect of the European Health Economics Association)
Prof. Joan Costa-i-Font (London School
The workshop will be held in Opatija,
Croatia. The details of the venue will be announced soon.
Participants will be asked to pay a 350
€ fee inclusive of accommodation (2 nights, Thursday 8th and
Friday 9th June) with breakfast, lunch and a conference dinner.
The workshop will run in parallel to the
2023 EDT Conference, 8-10 June, 2023.
Senior academics who are interested in
participating to CHEW just acting as discussants for papers submitted by junior
academics are also welcomed to announce their interest by 17th
March via email.
If you are interested in participating but
have question about travel, logistics, registration, visa or fees, please
contact us via email at email@example.com.
Prof. Ana Bobinac (University of Rijeka,
Prof. Nikolina Dukić Samaržija
(University of Rijeka, HR)
Igor Francetić (University of
Lana Kovačević (Imperial College London,
Prof. Ana Bobinac (University of Rijeka,
Prof. Nikolina Dukić Samaržija (University
of Rijeka, HR)
Lana Kovacevic (Imperial College
Prof. Matt Sutton (University of
Prof. Maarten Lindeboom (Free
University of Amsterdam, NL)
HEALTH ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION
The workshop will also mark the
founding meeting of the Croatian Health Economics Association.
More information will follow on our
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