Presentation

Transparency is healthy.
The importance of accountability in Healthcare

The 39th edition of the Spanish Health Economics Association (AES) Conference will take place from 12 to 14 June 2019 in Albacete under the slogan “Transparency is healthy. The importance of accountability in Healthcare”.

There is a broad consensus on the value of public information and transparency as mediating factors in the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. Against the backdrop of healthcare pressures and limited resources, transparency and accountability have become even more important as necessary instruments to promote efficient use of resources and to incentivise quality improvements in healthcare services.

Information about the performance of healthcare interventions makes it easier to identify more cost-effective policies and technologies. Furthermore, the availability of information regarding productivity and the results of healthcare providers allows for better-informed and more responsible decision-making by patients. Yardstick competition and the feedback given to professionals and the general public will also directly help improve results. Some European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands have been using the comparison of health centres, and even of individual professionals for some time, to promote quality improvement in the healthcare system. There are also interesting ongoing experiences in the Spanish National Health Service, such as the Outcomes Centre in Catalonia and the Outcomes Observatory in the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

As such, the slogan of this Spanish Health Economics Association Conference is an invitation to reflect on the role and usefulness of benchmarking and yardstick competition as drivers of the quality and sustainability of the healthcare system, debating the extent to which public information and transparency have an impact on patient decision-making, as well as on the performance of the healthcare system, both in terms of quality and efficiency, and ultimately on population health.

The 39th AES Conference will include experts that will help us to delve deeper into some of these questions, delivering lessons and experiences relating to the advantages and obstacles in the effective use of information and benchmarking as quality levers in some neighbouring countries. In addition, as has become customary, in this AES Conference topics will be covered that have been discussed in previous Conferences and that continue to arouse great interest within Health Economics. On behalf of the Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee we encourage you to participate in this Conference, which we are sure will be very useful instruments for debate and discussion, and which we are working towards with great excitement. We hope to see you all again in Albacete, an accessible city with an expanding university campus, the economic powerhouse of the Castile-La Mancha region which has a rich cultural and natural heritage waiting to be discovered.

Dolores Jiménez Rubio
Chair of the Scientific Committee

Isabel Pardo García
Chair of the Organising Committee

Important dates

  • 11/01/2017
    Deadline for the submission of organised sessions
  • 18/01/2017
    Deadline for submission of individual abstracts
  • 31/03/2017
    Deadline for early bird registration

Committee

Organizing Committee

President
Isabel Pardo García

Members
Elisa Amo Saus
Isaac Aranda Reneo
Raúl del Pozo Rubio
Francisco Escribano Sotos
Roberto Martínez Lacoba
Pablo Moya Martínez
María Pilar Sánchez González
Fernando Ignacio Sánchez Martínez

Scientific Committee

President
Dolores Jiménez Rubio

Members
Clara Bermúdez Tamayo
Raúl Del Pozo Rubio
Francisco Escribano Sotos
Cristina Hernández Quevedo
Miguel Ángel Negrín Hernández
Judit Vall Castelló

Board of Directors

President
Laura Vallejo-Torres

Vice-president 1
David Cantarero Prieto

Vice-president 2
Toni Mora

Secretary
Cristina Hernández Quevedo

Treasurer
Javier Mar Medina

Members
Sandra García Armesto
Fernando Ignacio Sánchez Martínez
Carmen Pérez Romero
Ruth Puig Peiró

General Information

Venue

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
Plaza de la Universidad, 1
02071 - Albacete
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Registration

Registration Fee

Up to 31 March (inclusive) After 31 March
AES members, new AES members and associates* 350€ 400€
Non-AES members 450€ 510€
Student AES members and associates** 100€ 150€
Student non-AES members 150€ 200€

21% VAT included

*: Members of any association with which the AES holds a valid agreement are considered associates, as are members of any association that belongs to the Spanish Society for Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS). All such associates must justify their membership in the association in question by sending a scanned copy of a document proving their membership (certificate, invoice, etc.) to the Conference Technical Secretariat (jornada@aes.es).

**: Applicants must attach to the registration form a scanned document which proves that they are a student.

The registration fee includes: session attendance, documentation, coffee, working lunches, welcome reception and conference dinner.

Payment method

  • Online payment through the conference website.

  • Bank transfer to AES:
    Acount number: 0081 0105 11 0001444048
    IBAN: ES09 0081 0105 11 0001444048
    SWIFT CODE: BSABESBBXXX
    Stating AES 2019 and the participant's name as reference. A copy of the bank transfer receipt must be sent to the Technical Secretariat.

  • Cheque made out to the Asociación de Economía de la Salud.

Registration Cancellation Policy

If a request is made to cancel a registration after it has been confirmed, given the problems this creates for the Conference organisers, AES will retain part of the registration fee. The amount retained will vary according to the date on which the cancellation is requested. Specifically, if the cancellation is requested:

  • Before 20 April (inclusive), 25% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • Between 21 April and 21 May (both inclusive), 50% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • After 21 May, 100% of the fee will be withheld.

Exceptions

In exceptional cases, and after the parties concerned have demonstrated the occurrence of a serious personal matter, the Board of Directors may exempt them from the corresponding withholding arising from either the registration, accommodation booking or both, with the full amount paid being refunded.

Submissions

General rules for the submission of abstracts:

  • The deadline for submissions is January 18th.

  • Only abstracts sent via the online form will be accepted.

  • Authors can select Spanish, English or No Preference for the preferred presentation language. The abstract must be submitted in the selected language.

    • If No Preference is chosen, the scientific committee shall decide the presentation language (Spanish or English) and will be able to ask the author to submit the abstract in that language.

    • Selecting English as the preferred language does not guarantee that the presentation will be made in English. If the author speaks both languages, the scientific committee shall confirm the presentation language when the programme sessions are organised.

  • Authors will be able to indicate their presentation format preference (oral presentation or poster), but the scientific committee will make the decision on the final format of the paper.

    This year, AES Conference will have again a meeting for the AES Early Careers (AESEC), i.e. newly appointed researchers; predoctoral or postdoctoral having completed their doctorate in the last 5 years. At this meeting, the author will not present their work, because a leading expert in their field will hold the presentation/discussion, which will be followed by a short debate involving all those participating in the meeting. If you want your work to be considered for this session, you must indicate it in the corresponding place in the communication submission form.

  • If the abstract is accepted by the Scientific Committee in poster form, it should be submitted in electronic format and feature the following:

    • PowerPoint presentation (.ppt or .pptx).

    • The slide format must be VERTICAL 90 x 120.

    • Maximum 1 slide per poster.

    • Font size at least 24. Smaller font sizes might not display correctly on the screen.

    • Arial font (recommended).

    • PowerPoint special effects not accepted.

  • The abstract must not exceed 250 words.

  • The author responsible for the communication will be the one presenting the communication (oral or poster) during the conference. This should be indicated in the submission form

  • One person cannot be responsible for more than TWO papers.

  • Authors who have not registered before March 31th will have their abstracts removed from the programme.

  • Authors must choose a maximum of two key words from the following:

    • LIFESTYLES AND HEALTH BEHAVIOUR

    • ECONOMIC EVALUATION

    • ANALYSIS OF MEDICAL DECISION MAKING

    • VALUATION OF HEALTH STATUS

    • EFFICIENCY IN INSURANCE MARKETS AND HEALTH CARE PROVISION

    • LONG-TERM CARE

    • COSTS AND PREVALENCE OF DISEASE

    • ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

    • MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION AND ORGANISATION IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM

    • INEQUALITIES, EQUITY AND VARIATIONS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

    • PHARMACEUTICAL EXPENDITURE AND DRUG POLICY

    • EVALUATION OF HEALTH POLICY AND HEALTH SERVICES

    • EXPENDITURE AND FINANCING OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM

    • DEMAND AND UTILISATION

    • ECONOMETRICS AND HEALTH ECONOMICS

    • SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

  • CONFLICT OF INTEREST
    Authors may describe any financial or personal relationship which can cause a conflict of interest regarding this article.

  • PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS AND ANIMALS IN RESEARCH
    When experiments which have been carried out on human beings are described, it is essential to indicate whether the procedures followed comply with the ethical standards of the human experimentation committee responsible (institutional or regional), and in accordance with the World Medical Association and the Declaration of Helsinki. Hospital names, initials, or numbers must not be used, particularly in figures. When animal experiments are described, it is essential to indicate whether these have been carried out in accordance with the standards of an international research institution or council, or with a national law regulating the care and use of laboratory animals.

  • PATIENTS' DATA PROTECTION
    The authors must declare that they followed their institutions' protocols to access to the patients data and that was done with the unique purpose of the scientific investigation and scientific disclosure.

  • RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND INFORMED CONSENT
    The authors declare and guarantee that they are in possession of a document signed by the individuals whose personal data is included in the article (personal data being understood as any information associated with an identified or identifiable physical person, such as, for example, but not limited to: name and surname, address, telephone, or any type of health data, health data being understood as any information associated with the past, present or future physical or mental health of an individual, including, but not limited to, for example: images, analytical results, x-rays, etc.) authorising the inclusion of such data in the aforementioned article.

Organised Sessions

Specific rules for proposing organised sessions

Those interested may submit proposals for organised sessions with a minimum of three presentations, with or without discussants. These will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and must comply with the following rules:


  • The deadline for organised sessions is January 11th.

  • For each organised session, one single proposal must be submitted in writing; this must be endorsed by two AES members, who will act as coordinators of the corresponding session and will be responsible for the organisation and development thereof.

  • Proposals must be remitted through the Conference website.

  • Sessions will last 90 minutes.

  • Proposals must include
    • Names and contact information of the two AES members organising the panel.

    • Proposed title of the session.

    • Abstract and aims of the session.

    • Language of the session: Spanish or English. The session will be held in only one language.

    • For each of the presentations making up the panel, the following must be provided:

      • Names and contact information of authors.

      • Title of the presentation.

      • Abstract of the presentation (250 words), which must clearly indicate the objectives and content of the presentation, adhering to the format for remitting Conference abstracts.

      • Name of the discussants (where applicable).

      • Subject matter of the presentation (see list on the remittance form on the Conference website).

      • Declaration of conflict of interests.

  • Notification of acceptance of the session will be given to the organisers thereof. The Scientific Committee, along with the AES Board of Directors, reserves the right to propose the conditional acceptance of a session subject to the modification of the content of any of the proposed presentations on scientific grounds.

  • It´s necessary indicated If a session is not accepted by the Scientific Committee, each of the abstracts will be evaluated separately, within the ordinary abstract evaluation process.

  • The AES accepts no responsibility for the funding of organised panels. At the same time, the acceptance of organised sessions is independent of the funding thereof, and the sponsorship of the same will be offered to the Conference sponsors under the same criteria as all other sessions. The options and conditions of sponsorships can be consulted in the sponsorship dossier, which is available on request from the Conference Secretary's Office (jornadas@aes.es).

Technical Secretariat

Acto Serveis

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