Health care rationing in Europe: the past, present and future. A multidisciplinary approach

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    This congress is a collaboration with the National School of Public Health (ENSP) in Portugal.

Venue: National School of Public Health (ENSP), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Salao Nobre, Lisbon, Portugal
Date: 26 October 2018, 9.00 – 17.00

Language: English

Conference introduction

Confronted with increased health spending, worldwide, we can expect issues on scarcity of resources and health care rationing will become more urgent in the healthcare debate. Healthcare rationing, or denial of health care services, is concerned with prioritisation of healthcare resources. Emerging rationing questions are:     

- who is responsible for rationing (the market, governments, bureaucrats, physicians or others);
- how does it function (explicit or implicit);
- what are relevant and acceptable selection criteria;

- to what extent is current rationing just and what can be done to make it more just;
- how will healthcare rationing affect equal access to health care;
- what is the relationship between healthcare rationing and differences in health status;
- what are the institutional patterns that may help governing health care rationing.

A key challenge of this conference is to address healthcare rationing on several levels (macro, meso and micro); types of rationing (demand and supply side-rationing); to what extent it influences political decision-making; and how to cope with the ‘legitimacy problem’ in rationing decision-making. Therefore, ENSP welcomes colleagues from various disciplines to exchange experiences on health care rationing in different health care systems in Europe.

Keynote Speaker

  • Werner Brouwer
    Professor of Health Economics at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Title: 'Rationing from an economic perspective: developments and challenges?’ 


Academics (wide range of disciplines such as medicine, law, economics, ethics, philosophy) and practising (health) profesionals, policy-makers and other interested persons from and outside Europe.

Call for Abstracts

The conference has a multidisciplinary approach inviting academics, professionals, (PhD) students and other interested persons to participate and submit an abstract for presentation, addressing the above mentioned issues. The Conference main objective is to explore different perspectives on health care rationing and exchanging ideas.

Those who wish to present should send an abstract (max. 300 words) of their proposed presentation to the Chair of the Scientific Committee ( (deadline: 1 August 2018). A short bibliography may be attached on additional pages (optional). The abstracts will be subjected to a peer review process by the Conference’s Scientific Committee. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis (each submission will be reviewed within a short period from its reception). Those who are selected are expected to present their paper at the Conference to take place on 26 October 2018. They will be given 15 minutes to present, plus 5 minutes for discussion.


A book of abstracts is now available in advance:

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Presentations Session 2

Presentations Session 3