Gaidar Forum experts will discuss health and healthcare

One of the most important issues for discussion at the Gaidar Forum will be the public healthcare system. Public health is the foundation of a strong future economy, where human capital plays a key role. Innovative medical products such as vaccines, medications and diagnostics, help significantly increase life expectancy. The experts will discuss the challenges that Russia faces in this area, and will try to identify ways to deal with them. To do this, experts will turn to global trends in healthcare development.

During the business breakfast, Investment in Public Health, experts will discuss a potential healthy society of the future, the economic dimension of the healthcare sector, the infrastructure of medicine and health in Russia, and other issues.

EY Russia Managing Partner Alexander Ivlev will moderate the conversation. The business breakfast will be attended by Russian Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin; Chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic Research Foundation (CSR) Alexei Kudrin; Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova; Co-Chairman of the Business Russia public association,  Chairman of the Board of R-Farm Group Alexey Repik; General Director of AstraZeneca Russia and Eurasia Irina Panarina; Managing Director for Emerging Markets, Janssen EMEA at Johnson & Johnson Luis Diaz-Rubio Amate; President Novartis Group Vadim Vlasov; Senior Vice-President of MSD Josep ben Avraham; Executive Director of Pharmstandard Viktor Kharitonin; Director for Health Industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa at Microsoft Elena Bonfiglioli; Head of Mastercard Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia Alexey Malinovsky; and Acting Governor of the Ivanovo Region Stanislav Voskresensky.

The Global Healthcare Trends expert discussion will focus on people’s responsibility for their own health, digital health, value-based medicine and other top trends in development of global healthcare systems. Experts will identify the key factors of best practices implemented in the country format and look at the possible formats for interaction between the state and business to implement best practices and balance the budget.

First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Igor Kagramanyan will moderate the discussion. The participants will include Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova; Head of Corporate Affairs at Novartis Philippe Barrois; Vice President for Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson Elizabeth Fowler; Co-Chairman of the Business Russia public association,  Chairman of the Board of R-Farm Group Alexey Repik; Executive Director of Pharmstandard Viktor Kharitonin; and Director for Health Industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa at Microsoft Elena Bonfiglioli.

The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

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The general partners of the Gaidar Forum are Gazprom and Gazprombank; strategic partners include AstraZeneca, Novartis, RZD, Russian Agricultural Bank, MSD, the ACIG Group of Companies, Pharmstandard JSC, Microsoft, Mastercard, and Johnson&Johnson; Unilever, EY, Russian Brewers’ Union, RVC and Russian Direct Investment Fund are partners.

The general information partners include the Rossiya 24 TV channel, RBC and TASS news agencies. The official information agency is Rossiya Segodnya. The general online media partner is Gazeta.RU. The general radio partner is Business FM. The strategic information partners are Kommersant Publishers, the RT TV channel and Interfax. The main information partners are Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Federalpress news agency. Other media partners include, PRIME news agency, EFE,, Expert RA, Radio Ekho Moskvy, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, BRICS, National Banking Journal, Banking Review, Financial One, Standards and Quality news agency, AK&M, Ekonomika i Zhizn weekly, Invest Foresight online magazine, Strategia magazine, Naans Media, the Public Administration scientific political journal, the PRO BUSINESS TV channel, the Indicator online science journal, the Bankovskoye Delo (Banking Business) magazine, RNS news agency, Business Excellence magazine, Cision, and the Budget magazine, Information platform “Russian planet – Smart Russia”.