Problems and challenges of healthcare policy in Europe

Docente: Tamara Popić – European University Institute, Social and Political Science Department

Lingua: Inglese, Italiano

The main objective of the talk would be to explain students some of the main issues facing healthcare policymakers in contemporary Europe and interactively engage them in a discussion on the topic. The talk will be divided in two parts. The first part of the talk would focus on the specific character of health and the problems of healthcare distribution. I will explain students why health is considered special and healthcare different from other commodities and what are the key problems when it comes to the distribution of healthcare resources. In order to do so, I plan to play with students a hypothetical scenario in which they will have to decide on organ transplantation. This example should help them to better understand the problem of healthcare resource scarcity and multiple criteria that can be involved in the decisions over the resource distribution. The second part of the talk will focus on the challenges facing healthcare policy in contemporary Europe. Here I will focus on the demographic changes and healthcare technology developments that cause increase in healthcare costs and create problem for healthcare policy makers. At the end of the talk, I plan to outline solutions and pose questions that would lead to the discussion among students on their opinion on how these challenges could be met. On overall, apart from the hypothetical scenario game, I plan to use examples from and references to the popular culture in order to involve students in the lecture and attract their attention.