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[Registration closed]The 79th Breakfast Meeting – Rebalancing Healthcare Systems for Innovation and Sustainability Series – Expectations and Concerns from the Perspectives of People Receiving Healthcare (August 20, 2019)

[Registration closed]The 79th Breakfast Meeting – Rebalancing Healthcare Systems for Innovation and Sustainability Series – Expectations and Concerns from the Perspectives of People Receiving Healthcare (August 20, 2019)

Japan successfully achieved universal health coverage when the National Health Insurance Act came into effect in 1961, and since then our health insurance system has supported one of the healthiest and longest-lived societies in the world. As population aging advances and the birth rate continues to be low, the time is ripe for building a social security system that covers all age groups in the coming era of the hundred-year lifespan. At the same time, Japan has been given a major opportunity to teach the world how to build healthy, long-lived societies by sharing its efforts to promote healthcare innovation. Japan holds the potential to set the example for healthcare systems in the 21st century.

In April 2016, Japan fully implemented a system to conduct cost-effectiveness assessment based on the teachings of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to evaluate highly revolutionary and economically effective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Continuous discussion and assessment will be necessary to determine if cost-effectiveness assessment achieves its original goals of reducing the public burden while improving the quality of healthcare and making it possible to maintain universal access to healthcare. While these discussions are held, measures other than HTA must be examined to further promote the effort to balance sustainability and innovation in our healthcare system.
Since 2016, HGPI has held multiple discussions on building the next generation of healthcare systems in the “Rebalancing Healthcare Systems for Innovation and Sustainability” series. In FY2018, we held six expert meetings with the theme of discussing the trial introduction of cost-effectiveness assessment. In FY2019, HGPI plans to further deepen discussion on the topic and will bring together a task force of multi-stakeholders to discuss future health insurance systems and examine the state of healthcare after the full-scale implementation of HTA.

For the 79th Breakfast Meeting, we have invited Ms. Naomi Sakurai, one of the early participants in planning this project. As an active leader for people receiving healthcare in every region, Ms. Sakurai has shared many valuable insight with us. At the meeting, she will share knowledge from her experience participating in this project and through her many activities. It will be an opportunity for all participants to deepen their understanding of challenges facing the effort to rebalance innovation and sustainability in healthcare systems and learn how to utilize our ingenuity to build the healthcare systems of the 21st century.

Naomi Sakurai
President, Cancer Solutions Co., Ltd
Date & Time
Tuesday, August 20, 8:00-9:15
EGG JAPAN (10th Floor, Shin-Marunouchi Building, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Participation Fee
・General: 2,500 JPN Yen
・Students (undergraduate only): 1,500 JPN Yen (student ID required)
* Individual Supporting Members: Free
About Ms,Naomi Sakurai (President, Cancer Solutions Co., Ltd)
Naomi Sakurai was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2004, while in her 30’s. Since then, she has utilized her personal experience with cancer and social skills to start up a support-group. She is currently focusing her efforts on enlightening people and spreading awareness about survivorship. Since then, she has continued her activities, appealing for an independent livelihood and self-supporting lifestyle for patients living with the disease and their families. 
Director: CSR project, Non-profit organization
Commissioner: Japan Federation of Cancer Patient Groups

Registration will close at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 9, 2019. Participants will be selected by a draw of lots and informed of the results by Friday, August 9. Individual supporting members of HGPI will be notified earlier.
After registration has been completed, a confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact HGPI by email at or by phone at 03-4243-7156.
In the event that you would like to cancel your registration, please inform us by noon on Wednesday, August 14, after which HGPI reserves the right to collect a cancellation fee.

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