Three researchers of HIAS Health, Prof. Masako Ii (Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University/Professor, School of International and Public Policy), Dr. Ryota Nakamura (Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University) and Prof. Michiko Moriyama (Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Hiroshima University) participated in WONCA Asia Pacific regional conference 2019 which was held in Kyoto, Japan, from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18, May, 2019.
Prof. Ii organized and co-chaired with Dr. Nakamura a plenary session titled “Cost-effectiveness: How to tackle NCDs in the era of tightening budget constraints: expert opinions.” Dr. Yot Teerawattananon (Ministry of Public Health, Health Intervention and Technology Assessment (HITAP), Thailand) and Prof. Jeonghoon Ahn (Department of Health Convergence, Ewha Womans University, Korea) as well as Prof. Ii and Dr. Nakamura gave presentations in the session with the following titles:
Prof. Masako IiWhy do we need health technology assessments (HTAs)?
Dr. Ryota NakamuraHTA implementation in Japan: achievement and future development
Prof. Jeonghoon AhnKorean Policy on strengthening universal healthcare coverage: role of HTA and NECA
Dr. Yot TeenrawattananonThe role of health professionals in conducting and using cost-effectiveness evidence
The presentations were followed by panel discussion, in which Sir David Haslam, the chair of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) joined in the discussion on the experiences of implementation of HTA in primary health care in different settings.
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Panelists, from left, Dr. Yot Teenrawattananon, Prof. Jeonghoon Ahn, Dr. Ryota Nakamura, Prof. Masako Ii, and Sir David Haslam
Prof. Ii also participated in another plenary session on "Research: Scaling-up regional comparative outcome studies on countries’ health systems and primary care status.” The session was co-chaired by Prof. Chris van Weel, Department Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands/Department Health Services Research and Policy, Australian National University, Australia, and Prof. Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Prof. Ii presented her research as well as participated in discussion as a panelist.
From left, Prof. Ryuki Kassai, Prof. Shinn-Jang Hwang, Dr. Sairat Noknoy, Prof. Masako Ii, Prof. Chris van Weel, Prof. Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Dr. Kees van Boven, and Prof. Cindy Lam
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Also, for one of the first day’s sessions focused on “Elderly care,” Prof. Michiko Moriyama co-chaired with Dr. Akira Matsumoto, Family Practice Center of Okayama, Okayama University Medical School, Japan. In this session, in addition to Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Christine Arenson, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, USA, Dr. Elena Abelló-Riley, Department of Nursing, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain/ABS El Morell, Institut Català de la Salut, Spain, and Dr. Su Fee Lim,, Speciality Nursing, Singapore General Hospital, Singapor, made presentations.

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The World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians.
WONCA's short name is World Organization of Family Doctors.