Associated with declining birth rate, growing aging population, and sophisticating and spiraling medical care, healthcare costs continue rinsing in Japan. Annual healthcare cost has exceeded 40 trillion yen and is becoming a serious financial risk. Amid calls for more efficient resource allocation in healthcare and in facing the 2018 revision of pricing of healthcare technologies for the public health insurance, health economics is getting high attention as the bridge between healthcare and economics. It becomes an urgent issue to institutionalize a new system in which health economics directly informs policy decision making.
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, in the UK is a valuable example of a system where health economics directly contributes to policy making. In this symposium, we invite Professor Mark Sculpher from Center for Health Economics at the University of York, UK, who has advised NICE for many years. Three Japanese authorities are also invited to give presentations and to participate in a panel discussion involving the audience, to explore solutions to resolve the issues in healthcare system.
Date and timeWednesday April 26, 2017         Symposium 13:30-17:30 (Doors open at 13:00)     Reception 18:00-19:30
VenueHitotsubashi Hall (National Center of Sciences Building 2F, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-8439)
FeeFree of charge (Web pre-registration by April 20 is required.)  *When all seats are filled, registration will be closed.
OrganiserResearch Center for Health Policy and Economics,Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study
Co-sponsorThe Kikawada Foundation (The 21-Seiki Bunka Gakujyutsu Zaidan)



13:00Doors open
13:30-13:35Opening Remarks
Motohiro Sato, Director, Research Center for Health Policy and Economics, Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University
13:35-14:35Keynote Lecture
“NICE: Health technology assessment and decision making in the UK”
Mark Sculpher, Professor, Center for Health Economics, The University of York, UK
14:35-15:05“Healthcare and public finance”
Motoshige Itoh, Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo/Professor, International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
15:05-15:35“Use of economic evaluation of healthcare technologies in Japan”
Takashi Fukuda, Director, Department of Health and Welfare Services, The National Institute of Public Health
15:35-16:05“New development of health economics in Japan”
Shuzo Nishimura, Director General, Institute for Health Economics and Policy/Professor emeritus, Kyoto University
16:05-16:30Coffee Break
16:30-17:30Panel discussion
Panelist:  Mark Sculpher / Motoshige Itoh / Takashi Fukuda / Shuzo Nishimura
Chair:  Motohiro Sato
Restaurant ALASKA, Palace-side, Palace-side building 9F, 1-1-1 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tel 03-3216-2797

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