Health on the G20 agenda


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Health on the G20 agenda

Fundación Espriu collaborates with the group of experts in health and life sciences that will draw up recommendations to improve health systems and the development of professionals

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In the context of the current pandemic, in which health systems are facing unprecedented challenges, the Italian presidency understandably included health as a priority on the G20 agenda.



Following Germany's legacy, which in 2017 promoted the first "health initiative" within Business 20, or B20, the Health and Life Sciences Task Force was constituted on 22 January, with Dr Carlos Zarco, director of the Fundación Espriu, participating on behalf of the IHCO.

The G20, or Group of 20, is the international cooperation forum of 19 countries, in addition to the European Union as an economic bloc. Though Spain is one of the 20 largest economies in the world, it is not an official member of the group, but it regularly participates as a permanent guest.

Following the financial crisis of 2007, the G20 heads of state and government have met annually to address the major global challenges. At these annual summits, meetings and debates are organised on various topics with the participation of international companies and organisations to draft economic policy recommendations that are transmitted to the governments of the participating countries. This initiative is called B20 and its mission is to support the G20 through a consolidated representation of different interests and sectors, proposing recommendations and establishing a dialogue between the public and private sectors.

The coronavirus crisis is triggering a paradigm shift, in which health is a prerequisite for any development of society from both a social and economic point of view. The B20 Health and Life Sciences Task Force intends to analyse these future challenges and contribute to the post-COVID-19 recovery.

To this end, it will discuss how to accelerate and support access to innovation and how to move towards healthcare that takes full advantage of new technologies in order to improve access to healthcare, quality and clinical results, while optimising healthcare spending.

The task force will also draft recommendations to promote the sustainability of health systems and the development of health professionals. Another priority of the task force will be to design new organisational formulas that promote public-private partnership.


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