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Thomas Plochg

Director, The Netherlands Public Health Federation


14:15 - 15:25 hours
From treatment to prevention

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Thomas Plochg, Ph.D. MSc. (1973) Dutch, combines academic and policy work. Recently he is appointed as the director of the NPHF Federation for Health. Apart from that he works as an assistant professor at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. In 2006, he obtained his Ph.D. degree on the basis of the dissertation “Building a Tower of Babel in health care: theory and practice of community-based integrated care”. He co-chaired the working group on healthcare innovation as part of the COST action research network on enhancing medicine in management. As part of his policy work, he was the local conference manager of the 3rd European Public Health Conference in Amsterdam 2010. He currently works on the implementation of the renewed strategic vision of the NPHF promoting a fundamental paradigm shift in healthcare. His main expertise and interest is the future sustainability of health systems with special reference to the instilling of health as the leitmotif for transformative change and the nurturing of new health professionals who are 21st century-proof.


Health is not for sale, is it?
Health system financing as we know it is unsustainable. We need new models to sustain it. Increasingly we observe patients are consumers of health. Inevitably patient/consumer and provider need new incentives that keep ‘health’ going rather than disease. We need a mechanism to make the business case for health. We propose a new business model for health called a ‘vitality contract’ championed by the NPHF Federation for Health, where the consumer and provider both invest in the health of the consumer.
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Mark van Houdenhoven
Sint Maartenskliniek

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Kiadis Pharma

Jos Malda
UMC Utrecht
Eveliene Manten-Horst
AYA Jongvolwassen & Kanker

Madelon Maurice
UMC Utrecht

Tom Miller
GreyBird Ventures
Edwin Moses
Kees Recourt
Mibiton Foundation

Maurits van Selms

Marianne van der Steen
Markwin Velders
Kite Pharma
Werner Verbiest
Janssen Diagnostics
Eline Vrijland-van Beest
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