Justice in Modern Health Care. Perspectives for the 21st Century

International ConferenceFederal Ministry of Education and Research
28-30 March 2011
Bochum, Germany

Supported by: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Welcome

Welcome to the international conference on "Justice in Modern Health Care. Perspectives for the 21st Century".

Building and maintaining a health system which is both efficient and fair, is an increasingly complex and pressing task in many countries. Not only is health care a basic social service addressing existential needs; it also has a profound meaning as a symbol for charity and humanity. Tremendous international efforts have been made to promote medical progress and to make new therapies available to as many patients as possible. At the same time, increasingly rising expenses have led to concerns about the financial burdens and opportunity costs of health care.

Based on their particular historical, economical and political situations, different countries have dealt with this challenge in different ways, trying to find balanced regulations, incentives and settlements of various needs and interests of different stakeholders in health care. The conference brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines and countries to discuss ethical, economical, socio-political, juridical, theological and related aspects of health care provision and allocation. Plenary lectures and workshops will attend to the topics of comparative effectiveness research in theory and practice, moral foundations of health policy, organisation of health systems, and financing of expensive cancer drugs. Many more important topics will be addressed in parallel sessions, including theoretical contributions, empirical studies, country reports, and practical experience reports.

The conference is hosted by the BMBF-Junior Research Group "Justice in Modern Medicine", Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of its national research funding programme on ethical, legal, and social aspects of modern medicine and biosciences.

We hope you will find this conference a stimulating opportunity to meet colleagues from many countries and to learn from one another's experiences and thoughts on justice in modern health care.

We look forward to welcoming you in Bochum!

Sincerely,

Oliver Rauprich

Unterschrift Oliver Rauprich
Dr. Oliver Rauprich, Dipl. Biol.

Johannes Lange

Unterschrift Johannes Lange
Johannes Lange, Dipl. Soz.

BMBF Junior Research Group "Justice in Modern Medicine"
Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Germany