Lessons from the Covid Crisis for Our Public Health Systems

Conference by Ezkerraberri Fundazioa, ehuGune and the Coppieters Foundation

Events / Fri 12 Nov 2021 08:45

The Covid-19 pandemic has made the importance of efficient public health systems clearer than ever. However, it has also revealed a lack of strength in most European public health systems, which were unable to provide a rapid and efficient response to an emergency. We need solid and properly structured public health systems now.

With this event, Ezkerraberri Fundazioa, ehuGune and the Coppieters Foundation outlined the main challenges and priorities for public healthcare systems in Europe. We analysed the shortcomings and strengths of our systems, through the lens of the SARS-CoV-2 crisis and discussed the lessons we have learnt for the future? We also looked at new trends and best practices in terms of governance and public health systems. To do so, we brought together scholars, practitioners and decision-makers for a joint reflection on the future of our health policies.


12 November 2021

8:45 - 9:00
Opening and welcome words
9:00 - 9:15
Keynote speech
9:15 - 10:15
Lessons from the Covid-19 crisis

By Rafael Bengoa, former Health Minister for the Basque Country

Moderation by David Hoyos

10:15 - 10:45
Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00
Have we neglected mental health?
  • Alvaro Iruin, Director of the Mental Health Network of Osakidetza (Gipuzkoa)
  • Dolores Mosquera, Director of INTRA-TP (online)

Moderation by Gaizka Rodriguez

12:00 - 13:15
Rethinking the socio-sanitary model
  • Mayte Sancho, Matia Foundation
  • Adelina Comas-Herrera, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Moderation by Joseba Zalakain

13:15 - 14:45
14:45 - 15:30
Challenges for primary care systems

By Javier Padilla, family doctor

Moderation by Rebeka Ubera

15:30 - 17:00
Imagining the future of public healthcare systems
  • Rafael Bengoa
  • Javier Padilla
  • Adelina Comas-Herrera

Moderation by Larraitz Arriola

Closing remarks


When: 12 November 2021
Where: Bizkaia Aretoa, Parque República de Abando, Abandoibarra Etorb., 3, 48009 Bilbao, Basque Country

Interpretation provided: Basque-Spanish

The registration form is accessible here and further information can be found on the Ezkerraberri Foundation’s website.


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This conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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