8th July 2020


Conference in Sydney

Why Europe?
European countries have been moving towards value-based healthcare to face the growing pressures that their healthcare systems are facing. In order to maintain a high level quality of care for their population, France, Germany or the Netherlands are implementing new approaches to financing healthcare. In the Netherlands, the insurers use bundled payment to improve the coordination of care for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. In Germany, accountable care organizations are created to care globally for rural populations. In France, a series of experimentations are revolutionizing the local care networks. All these initiatives are converging in a rich database that other countries such as Australia can use to figure out their way in the complex landscape of healthcare financing.
3 european experts
executive continous education
Hospital managers, doctors, etc...
Jeroen Struijs
Public health researcher
Leiden Faculty of Medicine
Jeroen Struijs is a Dutch public health researcher from the Leiden Faculty of Medicine. Before obtaining his doctorate, Jeroen was a physiotherapist. His research work covers a wide range of subjects concerning the reform of healthcare payment methods and innovations in the organization of healthcare systems, with a particular focus on primary care. His recent work has examined the effects of bundled payment on the healthcare delivery process, quality of care and healthcare spending. Winner of the prestigious American Harkness scholarship in 2013, Jeroen has an excellent knowledge of the international health context.
Dr Manfred Zahorka
General practitioner

Manfred Zahorka is a general practitioner and specialist in tropical diseases, a senior public health expert, an epidemiologist and an auditor for quality management systems. After 9 years of clinical experience, he has been working for over 20 years as a project manager for health projects in the European and international context. It focuses on general medicine and primary care, integrated person-centered care, management of regional health systems, organizational development and quality management. He regularly collaborates with OptiMedis AG, a health company based in Germany whose objective is to provide, with regional partners, a tangible health benefit to the population. They are thus developing regional and multiprofessional health networks in which doctors, therapists and hospitals, as well as pharmacies, gymnasiums, clubs, schools, businesses and local authorities are involved.
Emilie Lebée-Thomas
Director of a hospital

Director of a hospital in France, Emilie also has a good knowledge of international health systems. In almost 10 years, her career has taken her to Germany, Northern Ireland and now to the United States. Director of Dialog Health programs since November 2017, she has organized numerous specialized study trips around the world, developing unique expertise in the various international health systems.


10 July, 2020
09:30 – 10:00
Financing healthcare: where does australia stands today?
Alison Verhoeven is Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Australia's healthcare system is complex with both Federal and State Governments sharing the responsibilities of funding and delivering healthcare services, which are further split between public and private sectors. The implementation of new healthcare payment based on performance and value is a trend that impacts the strategy of Australian authorities.
10:00 – 10:30
An overview of the evolution of healthcare financing models at the international
Emilie Lebée-Thomas, Dialog Health
Health financing methods are undergoing similar changes in health systems around the world. after a period dominated by fee for service mechanisms, the trend is now to focus on the value of care. Theorized by the american Michael E. Porter, this approach aims approach care and the performance of providers as a whole. Different payment methods are being experimented, in particular bundled payment for targeted episodes of care or the global financing of care for a given population through accountable care organisations.
10:30 –12:00
Accountable care organizations in germany: coordinated care for a population
Dr Manfred Zahorka, Optimedis, Germany
OptiMedis AG, founded in 2003, is a health management company based in Germany. Its objective is to provide, with regional partners around the world, a substantial health benefit to the population. To do this, OptiMedis is developing regional and multiprofessional health networks in which doctors, therapists and hospitals are involved, as well as pharmacies, fitness, clubs, schools, businesses and local authorities. These networks are based on integrated health contracts with health insurers. Using interventions based on evidence-based knowledge, an excellent network of doctors and therapists and patient motivation, these networks improve the health status of the population and create health benefits throughout the region, while reducing health insurance expenses. The Gesundes Kinzigtal network, in which all these actions have been implemented since 2008, is internationally recognized.
12:00 –12:30
Questions and answers
12:30 –14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30
Bundled payment in the netherlands: a prospective analysis
Dr Jeroen Struijs, Leiden university, Netherland
The Netherlands started implementing bundled payments in 2007. Bundled payments are a lump sum payment model, whereby a single prospective payment is made for all services for a patient with a given condition, even when more than one provider provides this care. In Holland, this method of funding applies in particular to diabetic patients. In this model, health insurers make a group payment to a primary contracting entity - the care group - to cover a full range of diabetes care services for a fixed period of 365 days. The care group, a new legal entity in the Dutch health system, includes several providers, often exclusively general practitioners. By signing the group payment contract, the care group assumes clinical and financial responsibility for all diabetic patients assigned to its care program. The contract is limited to general diabetes care (services to manage the underlying disease and reduce the risk of complications) and does not include services to treat complications that may arise. Therefore, the model focuses on primary care.
15:30 –16:00
Questions and answers
16:00 –17:00
Roundtable with australian experts on the opportunities and challenges for value-based healthcare in australia
This roundtable will be an opportunity to share the experience of innovative actors in australia, who experiment or implement value-based healthcare.
8 July 2020
Conference, Sydney
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Contacts and location
St Vincent Hospital
Date of event
6 July, 2020