Ladies and Gentlemen,
Once again this year, more than 700 experts and professionals from the health sector are gathering in Rostock-Warnemünde to address key current issues, engage in critical discussions and venture future scenarios. It is our pleasure to be partnering this year's event with Norway.
This 15th National Conference on Health Economy will be illuminating the topic of "The Economization of Health" from a variety of perspectives. While "Health comes first" may be one of today's popular catch phrases, we need to ask ourselves: How close is this concept to reality? Or, put differently, how far is it removed from wishful thinking? Will patients increasingly be transformed into customers and health into a commodity? What constitutes economical management? What needs to reap a return? What are acceptable prices? These are issues that equally challenge primary care physicians and specialists on the one hand and hospitals and patients on the other. Our conference will seek to explore these and other relevant dimensions such as cross-sector care, staffing in the healthcare industry, and the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence.
I am looking forward to stimulating debates with your input! I cordially invite you to come to Rostock-Warnemünde and make your contribution. You and your ideas will be very welcome!
Minister President of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Germany