16th European Health Forum Gastein

2–4 October 2013, Gastein, Austria

The European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) will hold its 16th annual conference on 2–4 October in Gastein, Austria. The EHFG is the leading health policy conference in Europe. Its main objective is to facilitate the establishment of a framework for advising on and developing European health policy while recognizing the principle of subsidiarity.

This year’s conference will act as a platform for decision-makers in various fields of public health and health care to discuss contemporary health issues.


The three-day programme will focus on the future development of health and health systems by offering 6 forums, 18 workshop options, and opening and closing plenary sessions. It will build on the 15th EHFG topic of health in an age of austerity, by further asking and discussing the following question: "What can we learn from the current financial and political crisis and how can we react in a resilient and innovative way for better population health and more effective health systems?”

The plenary sessions will address the following questions:

  • What will future resilient health systems look like?
  • On which innovative health system approaches should we concentrate?
  • Are policy-makers stepping up to the challenges of the future?

Participant information

EHFG will include senior policy- and decision-makers who represent politics and government at the European Union, national and regional levels, business and industry, health care funders and service providers, and civil society. Experts and researchers in the health care and public health sectors will also attend the conference.