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The International Evidence-Based Health Care Symposium is an extraordinary educational initiative for participants from Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries. The Symposium provides an opportunity to submit abstracts, thus creating a forum for the presentation of personal experience, projects and views on HTA in Europe, and especially in the CEE region.
Since 2006  Since 2006
7 editions  Seven editions
200 experts  Lectures of 200 expert speakers
Sympozjum EBHC
Place: Krakow, Poland 2 days For 250 participants Periodic Discount for public institutions Participation of experts Conference Workshops Parallel sessions Website archives Registration on-line
See all editions of the Symposium: 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014


The Symposium will take place in Cracow on December 15th and 16th, 2014 in Park Inn Hotel.
With the development of medicine, the maintenance costs of health care systems are becoming a fundamental problem in Europe, North America and Australia. After decades of improving treatment methods and work time organization it is time to care about ensuring continuity of financing the extended meticulously systems, providing the needies newer technologies. Policymakers watch with concern the increasing exponentially costs that are ready to break the system and bury them all. Therefore, the concept of "fiscal discipline" and "rationalization" become subjects of publications and medical conferences, as well as debates and political medical environments.
Problems with the costs are perceived even faster - often painfully – by participants of the health system located on the side: patients, their families and loved ones. More and more groups feel aggrieved by lack of access in the system to the latest technologies, the existence of which they know very well, and they can not afford them. We are witnesses of dramatic protests of parents of children affected by the ultra-rare diseases, patients with cancer and other groups. Patients do not have time to debate and systematic search for solutions. They demand treatment here and now, before it is too late for them. The conflict against the inability to finance all the latest technologies will continue to grow. The more advanced (and expensive) are the technologies themselves, the less methods of fighting - the struggle for life and health - for access to them become civilized.
Putting aside the emotions, it must be said that in health care, the same as in the areas of "production" when the game is about improving the performance with the limited financial resources, appears Quality. For those who do not understand the benefits of quality management is just another term from the business newspeak, where you can pull the wool over the eyes of superiors, customers, the public or the electorate. For those who understand - the quality is a gold mine.


The Symposium took place in Warsaw on October 7th and 8th, 2013 in Hyatt Regency Warsaw Hotel.
Even the most developed and richest countries pay particular attention to rational utilization of resources in health care as, due to development of new health technologies, any amount of money may be spent on health care.
Appropriate functioning of tools that allow for rational expenditure in health care should become a priority of health care policy.
For more than 10 years we have repeated this text like a mantra in numerous articles, presentations, analyses, reports, and publications of CEESTAHC. And, despite passing years, despite the government’s announcements of introduction of the ultimate and only right solution, despite electoral promises of revolutionizing the existing mechanisms, despite support from every corner of the political scene, despite voices from upper and lower levels of administration of the health care system itself, the Polish benefit package is neither a basic, nor efficient, nor even transparent tool for rationalization of expenses in public health care.


The Symposium took place in Krakow on October 8th and 9th, 2012 in Park Inn Hotel.
The seventh EBHC Symposium is an extraordinary educational initiative for participants from Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries. It is yet another time we would like to provide an opportunity to meet experts from all around the world, a free opinion exchange with ministry delegates, insurers, payers, and European medical and business representatives. The Symposium provides an opportunity to submit abstracts, thus creating a forum for the presentation of personal experience, projects and views on HTA in Europe, and especially in the CEE region.
This year’s theme: "HTA for Crisis" reflects the most current European and international concerns. Discarding the traditional perception of crisis as a solely negative phenomenon, we would like to focus on seeking the inspirational aspects of this unfortunate economic situation. Are the greatest changes not born through revolution? Does hard practice not make master? Is a dire and dramatic resource limitation not a time for proving rationalization effective and justified?


The 6th International EBHC Symposium, entitled "East meeting West", took place in Krakow on October 10-11, 2011, in Qubus Hotel.
The Symposium, organised for the sixth time, is a unique educational initiative for participants from Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Participation in the Symposium provides an opportunity to meet experts from all over the world and freely exchange opinions with representatives of ministries, insurers and payers, as well as those of European medical and business communities. In addition, the Symposium for the first time became a forum for the presentation of HTA development and experience in this field in CEE countries.
This year’s title – "East meeting West" – underlines international character of the Symposium and a trend towards increasing geographical diversity observed during five editions organised till now. Our guests from distant lands – East as well as West in its wide sense, including the "old" European Union, the United States and Australia, made it possible to have a close look at development and changes in HTA that in recent years took place in Central and Eastern Europe, in the context of parallel changes observed all over the world. This may allow for identification of the most important differences and common features of health care systems in specific countries. Examples of solutions applied in other countries may also stimulate reflection on directions of further development. Thus, perhaps, we may be able to take advantage of experience gathered in Western countries and give a chance for development of new, better solutions for countries of Central and Eastern Europe.


The 5th International EBHC Symposium, entitled "HTA & Health Insurance", took place in Krakow on November 22-23, 2010, at the Auditorium Maximum hall of the Jagiellonian University.
The EBHC Symposium, which was organized for the fifth time, is a unique educational initiative for participants from Poland and other Central and Eastern Europe countries. It is an opportunity of meeting experts from Europe and the whole world. It also gives a possibility to freely exchange opinions with representatives of ministries and health funds as well as European medical and business environments.
The main motive of 5th Symposium was the relation between health technology assessment (HTA) and modern systems of additional insurances. HTA is a basis for creating offers for complementary insurances competing on health services. Regardless of the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of treatment and diagnostic methods, it is hard to imagine a rational approach to creating policies comprising health services not included in the guaranteed services basket and/or, to which access within the basic contributions is limited. The precision of estimations within clinical, economical and financial analyses influences the risk connected to policy sales, and without a high quality HTA report the business risk of the insurer is huge. Uncertainty of estimations is inversely proportional to the risk of a given policy, and therefore it influences its price and market attractiveness. First policies of complementary insurances or mixed insurances: supplementary-complementary, as long as they will be developed on the basis of reliable analyses will become reference policies for further products on the market.


The 4th International EBHC Symposium, entitled "HTA & Pricing", took place in Krakow on December 7-8, 2009, at the Jagiellonian University Auditorium Maximum.
The EBHC Symposium, organized for the fourth time, is a unique educational initiative for interested individuals from Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Its participants have an opportunity to meet experts from Poland, Europe and the whole world. The Symposium provides also an opportunity to exchange opinions with representatives of ministries and public payers as well as those of European medical and business communities.
In the last year we had the pleasure of organizing the 3rd EBHC Symposium in Krakow, which resulted in sharing of experience, establishing of new relations and further cooperation between scientists in Poland and worldwide. In 2008 our invitation was accepted by more than 300 specialists in the field of EBM and HTA, decision-makers, managers and scientists from Europe and the USA. We noted among them a significant number of worldwide recognized experts, representing European and international organizations engaged in problems of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and quality of health care services.
The keynote of the last EBHC Symposium was pricing of medicinal products and medical devices. Pricing is an important element of the state health policy. Evolution of health care systems in developed countries tends towards price control of medications and medicinal products in order to rationalize expenses. Transparent regulation of medicinal product prices, mentioned explicitly in the European Council directive (89/105/EEC from 21.12.1988.) becomes a more and more recognized issue in countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
During the 4th Symposium systems of pricing for reimbursed medicinal products and medical devices, problems related to reimbursement arrangements and its influence on prices, negotiation mechanisms and techniques as well as HTA-based principles of assessment of innovation were discussed. Issues related to pricing mechanisms and risk sharing schemes were presented by worldwide recognized experts.


The 3rd International EBHC Symposium, entitled "Rational behind the reforms", took place in Krakow on November 24-25, 2008 in Krakow, at the Auditorium Maximum hall of the Jagiellonian University.
In the last year we had the pleasure of organization of the 2nd EBHC Symposium, which resulted in sharing of experience, establishing of new relations and further cooperation between scientists in Poland and worldwide. Our invitation was then accepted by nearly 300 specialists in HTA and decision-makers as well as scientists from Europe and the USA.
The leading theme of this year’s EBHC Symposium was comparison of experience and discussion concerning development of the reform of health care systems in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and their analysis with respect to rationality and accordance with principles of EBHC. Invitations to deliver lectures had been accepted by many worldwide recognized experts, among them a few pioneers of Evidence-Based Health Care.
Among participants of the EBHC Symposium representatives of public institutions (including the Ministry of Health, the National Health Fund, the Parliament, the Office of the President of the RP and local government) as well as those of the world of medicine, politics and business were present, including potential investors on health insurance market in our country.
On behalf of all the persons and institutions engaged in organization of the Symposium we heartily thank you for taking part in this event, so important for Polish medical environment.


The 2nd International EBHC Symposium, entitled "How is it done", took place in Krakow on November 19-20, 2007, at the Auditorium Maximum hall of the Jagiellonian University.
1st EBHC Symposium focused on the most important issues of the reform of the Polish health care system; a way of modernization leading towards solutions optimal for all interested parties of the health care system was proposed.
In this year we presented experience of countries which have already made this journey. Was the way right? Were there analternatives? Did it prove to be a way to nowhere?
These questions were addressed by worldwide recognized experts, invited to share their reflections, but most of their experience of modern solutions implementation in their countries’ health care systems. Polish experts also presented possibilities of changes in the national system of health services; they also tried to answer the fundamental question: why, in spite of so many years of education in EBHC, the changes are not as dynamic as theoretical visions, simulations, or pre-election promises?
That is why the Symposium received a subtitle: "How is it done?"
We decided it is the time to support theory with practice and prove that changes are not only necessary, but – first of all – possible. If other countries have successfully dealt with problems, with which polish health care system is faced today, then they are manageable. Invited experts will constitute “living proofs” for this thesis.
The form of Symposium assumed longer time for discussion with eminent experts, which allows the participants to benefit from their knowledge to a greater degree than is usual for this kind of meetings. Communication was facilitated by simultaneous translation of all speeches into Polish and English.
On behalf of all the persons and institutions engaged in organization of the Symposium we heartily thank you for taking part in this event, so important for Polish medical environment.


The 1st International EBHC Symposium, entitled "Priorities in Health Care", took place in Krakow on October 2-3, 2006, at the Auditorium Maximum hall of the Jagiellonian University.
The leading theme of the Symposium was Evidence-Based Health Care (EBHC) - a health care system based on scientific evidence. Choice of the matter was the result of pressing need of changes in Polish health care system as well as evident evolution towards EBHC observed in health care systems of the neighbouring countries.


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