Forum for Health Policy is a forum for dialogue. We organize workshops, seminars, round table talks and other meetings to enhance interaction and dialogue between decision makers, researchers, patient representatives, and others. Our workshops are at the heart of the business. Each event focuses on a particular topic that international and national guests (researchers and experts) highlight. The topics discussed are based on central health policy issues.

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Read about our most recent events here:

Workshop about mental health, 13 March 2019

An increasing number of young people in Sweden suffer from mental illness. Since the mid-1980s, the proportion of young people who have stated that they have recurrent psychosomatic symptoms has doubled. Among elderly, about 20 % suffer from mental illness. Since an increasing proportion of the population is made up of people above 65 years, mental illness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Mental ill-health is also one of the most common causes of sick leave and accounts for over 40% of sick leave costs. In 2012, the total cost of mental illness in Sweden was estimated at SEK 184 billion. On the 13th of March Forum för Health Policy arranged a workshop about mental health. During the workshop, several interesting presentations were interspersed with round table discussions about challenges and recommendations for politicians.


Workshop about online healthcare, 2 October 2018

At this workshop healthcare providers – both public and private, researchers, patients and companies met to discuss the development of online care and artificial intelligence. During the afternoon several questions were discussed such as; What are the potentials? What are the risks? and How can good information, efficient triaging and patient participation be guaranteed?

Political debate about health care in Sweden, 29 August

A couple of days before the Swedish election Forum for Health Policy invited a representative from each political party to discuss important issues on the future of healthcare from a political perspective. The panel replied to questions such as; How can politicians contribute to creating the greatest value of rapid technological development? What are their view on the disparity between an effective healthcare and an effective healthcare policy and what role will healthcare politicians have in the future? The debate has been summarised on our Swedish website.

Forum for Health Policy in Almedalen, 2-4 July

During the politicians week in Almedalen, Gotland, Forum for Health Policy arranged two seminars, based on the report A healthcare policy for real change. The titles of the seminars were:
Parallel worlds or joint development? Can and will politicians deliver healthcare that corresponds to the citizens’ expectations? and High flying plans and low-hanging fruits – the potential of digitization in healthcare, now and in the future.

Study trip to London, 26-27 April

In the end of April a delegation from Forum for Health Policy travelled to England to meet with the well renowned think tanks Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation. The delegation also visited the nurse led practice Cuckoo Lane Practice and online doctor Babylon Health.

-We live in a country with world-leading acute medical care, we are experts in saving lives. But at the same time there are major shortcomings and challenges that we must address immediately, not least the lack of patient participation, high costs and lack of coordination between caregivers. To find new solutions to these challenges, we need to learn from good examples, in Sweden, but also abroad.
Peter Graf, chairman of Forum for Health Policy.

Read our report from the trip (introductions and summaries are in Swedish, but interviews in English).

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Successes and barriers for innovation in health care – What can we learn from three different health care systems?, 7 March

On the 7th of March Forum for Health Policy arranged an exclusive seminar about innovation in health care, arranged in collaboration with the embassies and chambers of commerce of the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Innovation in health care is necessary to successfully provide care for an increasing number of patients at lower costs and with higher quality. In Europe, each country has its own healthcare and innovation system with different characteristics, but they often face similar problems – technological, sociological, systemic and legal. 

Entrepreneurs are eager to participate and change the system, despite barriers, and many health care systems experiment with new ways of stimulating innovation. Encouraging intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs and companies to test new solutions, creating an innovative culture and designing reimbursement systems that reward quality are just a few examples on how to stimulate innovation. 

In this seminar, speakers with different perspectives on the health care systems in Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland presented their thoughts and insights.

See the ful program with links to filmed presentations and PDFs on our Swedish site.

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See documentation and read more about our previous events on our Swedish website.