The President of the AFC participated in “The Future of Healthcare in Greece” Conference
Ms. Katerina Koutsogianni, President of the Arthritis Foundation of Crete, participated in “The Future of Healthcare in Greece: Health on a wire: balancing priorities” Conference which held in Athens, on the 5th April 2017. “The Future of Healthcare in Greece” Conference is the biggest annual event on healthcare policy in Greece. For seven consecutive years, it features world class international speakers, representatives of the most important international organizations, renowned academics and leading political and healthcare stakeholders in a public dialogue regarding the major healthcare issues and suggested ways to reform the healthcare system in order to respond to the rapid increase of demand for public healthcare services in a financialy sustainable way.
Ms Koutsogianni was the chair in the afternoon session of the conference under the topic “The Voice of Greek Patients”, where Mr. Ilias Skordas (Research Director of Global Link) presented a research about Patients’ Associations conducted by Health Daily. Mr. George Patoulis, President, of the Medical Association of Athens and Ms. Katerina Koutsogianni, commented upon the research results.
This year’s agenda of the conference focused on the challenges of the European healthcare systems that deal with an ageing population, the growing burden of chronic diseases and declining budgets and the particular problems of the Greek healthcare system, caused by a seven year economic recession.