About 650 national and international participants exchanged ideas and conceptions concerning "The Health Economy as a Pioneer of the Healthcare System“ at the 7th National Conference on Health Economy in Rostock. The partner country of this year's health economy conference was the Republic of Poland. Dr. Robak opened the conference on behalf of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland together with the Prime Minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Mr. Sellering, and the Congress President, Prof. Dr. Klinkmann. The Polish keynote speaker Dr. Moldach gave an insight into Polish health care and presented Polish concepts of the health economy at the first day of the conference. Prof. Dr. Dr. Vienken, Vice President BioSciences Department of Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH, took up the conference focus with his lecture on "Healthcare as a pioneer of healthcare" and showed the access of innovations to healthcare. Further impulses were provided by Prof. Dr. Köhler from Charité - Universitäts-medizin Berlin, who opened the second day of the conference and spoke on the topic "Economic significance of telemedicine". In four forums, solution approaches were discussed, successful examples presented and experiences exchanged. The topics "Innovation and solidarity system", "The international patient", "Telematics applications in health care" and "Life concepts for vital aging" were in the foreground.
Our federal state and Poland are linked to each other precisely by the border region. In the region of Neubrandenburg and Szczecin, cooperation is determined by the competition between competing medical institutions. There is a lot of potential for profitable cooperation here. Since 2002, close cooperative relationships have existed between Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the West Pomeranian Voivodeship in the fields of biotechnology and molecular medicine.The Pomeranian Medical University of Szczecin and the University of Greifswald already work together in a lively exchange. There is still a lot of catching up to do in the field of telemedicine as well as in education, exchange of specialists and cross-border treatment.