Germany‘s largest health congress opens in Berlin

— Congress organizers expect up to 8,000 delegates to converge at Berlin`s International Congress Centre

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Berlin, 5 May, 2010 – Capital Congress 2010 which focuses on medicine and health opens in Berlin today.

The three-day congress, 5th – 7th May, 2010, is expected to be addressed by prominent politicians in Germany as well as speakers from abroad.

Among the visitors to the congress include the Federal Health Minister Dr Phillip Rösler, and the Federal Minister for Research, Dr Annette Schavan, who is expected to announce the winners of the competition entitled “health regions of the future”. It will be recalled that, Dr Schavan first announced the initiation of this competition at the 2007 Capital Congress.

A number of important health issues and reforms would be discussed at the Congress. These include the economic significance of the health sector as a generator of employment.

As is the practice every year,several conferences on the health sector would also take place at the same time. These include the congress dedicated to hospital rehabilitation, the German Care congress as well as the German Doctors‘ Forum.

Other activities lined up at the Congress include an international forum on developments in the health sector within the European Union. Another important theme scheduled to be debated at this year`s Congress
is the Chinese-German co-operation in the health sector.

Among the highlights on the business calendar at the Congress include an address by former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, John Christian Kornblum on President Obama`s health reform. He is expected to highlight trends in the American health policy together with Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, Associate Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Around 8,000 participants are expected at the Congress which would be officially opened by the Federal Health Minister Dr Phillip Rösler.

By C. Musah, ANA Health Editor