The 9th National Conference on Health Economy 2013 entitled "Health economy: Compact Diversity!" took place on July 10th and 11th, 2013 in Rostock / Warnemünde. The conference partner country was the Kingdom of the Netherlands. At the invitation of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, around 680 national and international experts from science, business and politics came together to inform and exchange information on various topics in the health economy. In three keynote speeches, five specialist forums and other program items, solutions were discussed, successful examples presented and experiences exchanged. The focus was on topics such as prevention, nutrition for health, profile sharpness in health tourism or healthy age (aging). In addition, there were three international forums that dealt with topics such as international markets and cross-border projects.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is the largest investor in Germany and the second largest trading partner in Germany. Both countries are working together on an economy that relies on sustainability and high technology. The Health and Life Sciences sector, for example, comprises more than 3,000 innovative and internationally oriented companies and scientific institutions. The conference offered the Dutch participants an excellent opportunity to further expand their networks internationally. With the participation of the Healthy Aging Network Northern Netherlands at the National Conference on Health Economy, an important Dutch network from the three northern provinces of the Netherlands, i.e. Friesland, Groningen and Drente, was represented.