The Board of Healthcare Funders’ annual conference – its 20th – will explore a future-focused approach to healthcare. According to Dr Katlego Mothudi, the MD of the BHF, says the conference, themed Convergence 2030 – Healthcare reimagined, will reflect on the past 20 years and define the desirable future for healthcare systems for the year 2030 and beyond. It will look at current achievements in healthcare and identify solutions to ensure the region meets the healthcare goals set out in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and those in the South African National Development Plan (NDP).
The conference will take place from 21 to 24 July 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town.
A key focus of the conference will be on understanding the role of multisectoral convergence in delivering quality health services and the importance of scaling up and creating more access for the health citizen. “Twenty-five-years into South Africa’s democracy, we are looking at ways in which we can fast-track efforts towards achieving universal health coverage, taking stock of what has been achieved to date and what still needs to be achieved,” says Dr Mothudi.
He says fragmentation remains a challenge in healthcare. South Africa has a fairly well-developed private healthcare sector, yet, the country’s healthcare system is still not integrated, which has resulted in disparity in reaching desired healthcare outcomes. More effort needs to be made in bringing together the public and private healthcare systems as the current fragmented model is unsustainable.
The conference attracts healthcare industry professionals from across the world, including healthcare providers, expert healthcare speakers, academics, healthcare providers, medical schemes, administrators, managed care organisations, NGOs, pharmaceuticals, policy makers and public sector representatives. Last year, the conference attracted over 1 000 delegates, including international and regional speakers, from the United States, Kenya, Egypt and Rwanda.
Topics to be covered during this year’s conference include medical scheme governance, understanding the role of intersectoral convergence in the delivery of health services, convergence of ecosystem technologies and disruptive innovation. Other topics include the importance of price transparency for hospitals and medicines, human resources for health, the latest trends in mental health, patient-centric health systems, overutilisation, waste and abuse of medical services, the evolution of ‘smart healthcare’, the transformation of healthcare administration through empowering patients and creating differentiated value, revised PMBs latest innovation in diabetes management, value based contracting and standards, managing healthcare, and cost drivers.
Various cases studies from Rwanda and Malawi on universal healthcare and its cost drivers, collaboration on fraud waste and abuse, breast cancer and prospects will also be featured.
Over 350 organisations will be represented at the conference from 25 countries.