European Health Forum Gastein 2020: UHC and the role of the health workforce

On Wednesday September 30th, Wemos’ global health advocate Corinne Hinlopen will take part in a panel discussion on ‘Universal health coverage and the role of the health workforce: Building on the momentum from COVID-19’. The panel discussion is part of the programme of the European Health Forum Gastein (30 Sept. – 2 Oct.) with the overall theme ‘Dancing with elephants: New partnerships for health, democracy, business.’

Corinne Hinlopen will focus on the consequences of excessive health worker mobility in the European region – consequences that have been exposed and exacerbated during the COVID-19 crisis. The elephant in the room here is the tension between the European freedom of movement of workers, leading to a net flow of health workers from Eastern and Southern Europe to North and West Europe, and the increasing health inequalities in the European Region, threatening the ambitions of solidarity and shared prosperity of the European project.

Other panelists are Vytenis Andriukaitis (Special Envoy for the European Region, World Health Organization, and former European Commissioner for Health), Martin McKee (Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Salija Ljatif-Petrushovska (Director of the Specialized Gerontology Center, Specialized Hospital for Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, North Macedonia). The panel discussion is sponsored by Open Society Foundations (OSF). OSF will take the opportunity to announce their new European initiatives on health in Europe, among others a new 3-year programme on the topic of European health worker mobility and migration that Wemos will lead.

The Gastein forum will take place online and registration fees have been reduced significantly. For more information and registration, see their website:

European Health Forum Gastein 2020: Dancing with elephants – New partnerships for health, democracy, business
Session 6:
‘Universal health coverage and the role of the health workforce – Building on the momentum from COVID-19’
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 | 16:30-18:00 | Room 2

Photo: “Protective medical mask on globe closeup” by Nenad Stojkovic is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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