The XL+1 edition of the Health Economics Conference will be held in Saragossa from 15th to 17th June, 2022 under the slogan “New needs and old challenges: proposals for a transformative agenda”.
Two years ago, no one could have imagined that we would now be living through a global pandemic, that we would go into lockdown, that a vaccine would be discovered and rolled out in record time, and that the whole world would have to adapt to a radically different environment. Its impact has affected all aspects of life: geopolitical, productive, environmental and, of course, health and social.
COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented worldwide healthcare crisis, and Spain has been no exception. The healthcare system has been forced to adapt on an organisational level and free up additional resources to meet healthcare needs which, as the crisis has worsened, have put extreme pressure on its response capacity. Healthcare has undergone substantial changes in a matter of months. Face-to-face consultations have been replaced by remote consultations, pathways have been readapted, medical staff have been reassigned, non-urgent care for patients with other pathologies, particularly chronic ones, have been cancelled or postponed, and these freed-up resources have, in turn, been used to treat patients with COVID-19. All these changes have taken place dynamically, adapting and readapting as the different waves of the pandemic challenged the system. On top of this is the changing scientific evidence in the search for the definitive treatment. Worldwide trials, the use of drugs with hardly any peer-reviewed studies to back them up, modifications to medical device regulations and official protocols that changed from one day to the next. In a world full of analysis and evidence, this has involved a large-scale change.
The social impact has been seen, primarily, in the emergence of new needs or, perhaps better said, in the magnification of problems that had previously gone under the radar. One of these new needs is the increased demand for mental health services brought about by the pandemic. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear have generated, or aggravated, mental health disorders that do not affect the population as a whole in the same way. Another is the resurgence of domestic violence, one of the most appalling consequences of the pandemic and of the mobility restriction policies in place, with lasting impacts on survivors. It remains to be seen what impact the COVID-19 recession will have on society, although it is to be expected that one of its effects will be increasing social inequalities in health.
Furthermore, the pandemic has shed light on some structural weaknesses of the National Health System. Among them, those related to decision-making on the provision and financing of health services (drugs, technologies, operations, policies, etc.).
Having said that, the XL+1 Health Economics Conference strives to become a meeting point to put forward a transformative agenda to respond to the new needs and old challenges facing our healthcare system and, by extension, our society. To this end, we have come up with a scientific programme in which we will address the aforementioned matters (impact of COVID-19, management, mental health, gender-based violence, technology assessment), as well as other recurrent matters of interest related to Health Economics (public health, inequalities, economic evaluation, comparative effectiveness, etc.).
Following the cancellation of the 2020 event and the virtual event held in 2021, the AES XL+1 Conference will finally give us the chance to meet up in Saragossa, to share ideas and enjoy a social programme with a view to getting to know the city together, its emblematic places and monuments, its river, its university campus and its friendly atmosphere.
The Scientific Committee and the Organising Committee encourage you to actively participate in the XL+1 Health Economics Conference. Now, more than ever, we hope that Saragossa, two years later than planned, will be an opportunity for the Health Economics community to gather once again.
Scientific Committee and Organising Committee
Sandra García Armesto
Isabel Aguilar Palacio
Sara Malo Fumanal
Celia Muñoz Fernández
Lucía Prieto Remón
Mª José Rabanaque Hernández
Miguel Ángel Máñez Ortiz
Berta Rivera Castiñeira
Miquel Serra Burriel
Judit Vall Castelló
Carmen Pérez Romero
Cristina Hernández Quevedo
Roberto Nuño Solinis
Pilar Pinilla Domínguez
Sergio García Vicente
Dolores Jiménez Rubio
Renfe's 'Discount Authorization' is available here to attend the XL + 1 edition of the AES Conference in Zaragoza.
Zaragoza has a privileged geographical location that can be reached by road, train or plane. It has a complete network of highways that facilitate transportation in the area, an international airport just 5.5 miles from the city and a reinforced railway network with the high speed line, which links it with Madrid and Barcelona, as well as their airports, in just over an hour. Find out more at:
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Its artistic wealth of the past and present, its excellent geographical location, its attractive cultural program, its incredible selection of hotels and restaurants, the quality of its services and its hospitable character, make Zaragoza the perfect venue for this year's AES Conference.
Enjoy the Roman, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque art that coexist in Zaragoza, in buildings such as the Aljafería, the Roman Theatre, La Seo and the Basílica del Pilar. You can also enjoy the power of Goya's work, and the Gargallo and Serrano museums. Walk through the historic quarter, with its small squares and narrow streets, its charming shops and tapas bars. And don't forget that Zaragoza is also remarkable for its modern architecture, exemplified by the Intermodal station, the renovated banks of the Ebro or the Expo 2008 area, with the Bridge Pavilion and the Water Tower, among others places.
Zaragoza is also leisure and culture. Music, festivals, urban art, theater, cinema, folklore, origami, exhibitions, musicals, magic and dance complete the varied cultural offer and fill the leisure agenda of any event. Treat yourself during your stay in the city and enjoy it all. Check out all the information you are looking for via the app: cliczaragoza.es
Application download link (valid for Android and Apple): https://bit.ly/clic_uni_es
And QR code (also for Android and Apple):
(Source: Zaragoza Turismo; Wikipedia)
See more here: www.zaragoza.es
for the submission of organised sessions
for submission of individual abstracts
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The deadline for submissions is February 2nd.
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 (short or long communication), but the Scientific Committee will make the decision on the final format of the paper. The main difference between the two types of communications is the duration of the same. Short communication replaces presentations in poster format. Authors will have about 5 minutes to present their work in a specific short communications session that will take place in the same time slot as the other communications sessions. At the end of it, there will be time for general discussion by grouping works of similar themes in the same session.
The author responsible for the communication will be the one who presents the communication 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 April 20th will have their abstracts removed from the programme.
Authors must choose a maximum of two key words between two different lists, the first being more general and the second more detailed.
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:
|Up to 20 April (inclusive)||After 20 April|
|AES members, new AES members and associates*||350€||400€|
|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 (email@example.com).
**: Applicants must attach to the registration form a scanned document which proves that they are a student.
Zaragoza Royal 3*Calle del Arzobispo Domenech, 4
50006 - Zaragoza
Hotel Zenit Don Yo 4*Calle Bruil, 4-6
50001 - Zaragoza
Hotel Reina Petronila Zaragoza 5*Avenida Alcalde Sáinz de Varanda, 2
50009 - Zaragoza
Vincci Zaragoza Zentro 4*Calle del Coso, 86
50001 - Zaragoza
|Double room for single use||Double room|
|Zaragoza Royal ***||71.50 €||87.45 €|
|Zenit Don Yo ****||88.00 €||99.00 €|
|Reina Petronila Zaragoza *****||124.30 €||139.70 €|
|Vincci Zaragoza Zentro ****||159,50 €||170.50 €|
Breakfast and VAT included
Online payment through the conference website.
Similar to the policy set out for registration cancellation, the cancellation of a room booking in the hotels contracted by AES for accommodating conference attendees will result in withholding the amount paid, according to the following schedule:
Before 1 April (inclusive), 25% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.
Between 2 April and 2 May (both inclusive), 50% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.
After 2 May, 100% of the fee will be withheld.
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.
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