The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Korea Policy Centre, World Health Organization Western Pacific Region (WPRO), and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Systems and Financing (WHOCC-HSF) facilitated the 1st meeting on “Access to Medicines under Universal Health Coverage in the Asia Pacific Region” held for two days last Sep 18-19, 2014 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Experts and key officers from a total of twelve Asia-Pacific member countries (Cambodia, Mongolia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Korea, Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea) and experts from USA, GIZ, OECD, WHO-WPRO arrived in Seoul for the meeting.
Three speakers gave a speech on key issues in pharmaceutical policy and financing before discussion.
- Pharmaceutical policy in Asia and the goals of the meeting (Klara Tisocki, WHO-WPRO)
- Pharmaceutical policy in OECD countries (Annalisa Belloni, OECD)
- Pharmaceutical financing in Asia (Soonman Kwon, Director of WHOCC-HSF)
Discussions about several key issues related to pharmaceutical policy and financing in the Asia-Pacific were also undertaken. Specifically, the items discussed in the meeting are the following:
- Pharmaceutical expenditure and utilization
- Pharmaceutical financing and inclusion in benefit packages
- Pricing and reimbursement policies
- Other relevant issues (e.g., rational use of drugs, procurement, quality assurance)
Dr. Sabine Vogler of the Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policy (PPRI) Network (a WHOCC at Gesundheit Österreich / Austrian Health Institute) also gave a special lecture introducing the PPRI. The draft of a study conducted by the WHOCC-HSF about the Pharmaceutical Policy and Financing in Asia-Pacific was also discussed with the participants of the meeting.
Dr. Soonman Kwon, Director of the WHOCC-HSF and Dr. Sang Woo Nam, Executive Secretary of OECD Korea Policy Center closed the two-day meeting. Creating a network envisioned for continuous collaboration among Asia-Pacific countries was also laid, opening doors for future discussions.