Plenary Sessions
Saturday, 16 September 2017
8:30 - 10:30
FIRST PLENARY SESSION: LATIN AMERICAN HEALTH SYSTEMS REFORM: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Presented in Portuguese and Spanish with simultaneous English/Portuguese/Spanish interpretation

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed universal health care coverage (UHC) as a strategy to fight inequity in access to health care, particularly in low- to middle-income countries. Since then, a number of countries in Latin America are implementing reform of their health care systems. Successful execution of UHC in the region poses a challenge, especially in the highly decentralized Latin American health care systems where much debate still exists on health policy. This multistakeholder session will focus on the current status, related challenges, and future opportunities to build more sustainable and equitable health systems in Latin America. 
Moderator: Eduardo González-Pier, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA
Speaker: Rubén Torres, MD, PhD
Dean, ISALUD University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Speaker: Mauricio Vargas Fuentes, MD, MSc
Director, Public Health School, Universidad de Costa Rica and Secretariat, Latin America Alliance for Global Health, ALASAG, San Pedro, San Jose, Costa Rica
Speaker: Jesús Ancer Rodriguez, MD
Secretary, General Health Council, Mexico City, Mexico
Speaker: Jairnilson Silva Paim, MMed, PhD
Professor, Health Policy and Planning, Health Situation Analysis and Urban Violence and Health, Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Federal University of Bahia, Bahia, Brazil
Speaker: Tomás Pippo Briant, Msc
Coordinator, Medicine, Technology, and Health Research Unit, Pan America Health Organization (PAHO) / Americas office of WHO in Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil
Sunday, 17 September 2017
10:00 - 12:00
SECOND PLENARY SESSION: THE VOICE OF THE PATIENT: HEARING THEIR PERSPECTIVE AND INCORPORATING IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS
Presented in English, Portuguese, and Spanish with simultaneous English/Portuguese/Spanish interpretation

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The voice of the patient is often lost in the dialogue between health care stakeholders where providers, payers, government agencies, and manufacturers usually dominate the policy-making discussion in Latin America. In today’s world, the establishment of a number of patient groups has helped to amplify patients’ voices. This session will explore the challenges faced and opportunities available to more effectively bring the patient perspective into health care decision making.
Moderator: Federico Augustovski, MD, MSc, PhD
Director, Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics Department of the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS-CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Speaker: Eleanor Perfetto, RPh, PhD, MS
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, National Health Council, Washington, DC, USA
Speaker: Migdalia Denis, MA
President, Pulmonary Hypertension Society for Latin America, Board Member of International Alliance of Patient Organizations (IAPO), Miami, FL, USA
Speaker: Aline Silveira Silva, MS
Technologist at Executive Secretariat of the National Committee for Health Technology Incorporation – CONITEC, Brasilia, Brazil
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