Towards a sustainable, innovative and digital health system

From the 5th to 7th July 2023, the XLII edition of the Health Economics Association (AES) Conference will take place in Girona with the theme 'Towards a sustainable, innovative, and digital health system'. Following the success of the AES XL+1 Conference in Zaragoza, we will meet again to discuss the present and future of the health system.

As Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced on the 14th September, it seems that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel which was the COVID-19 pandemic. As the topic of the conference's previous edition suggested, it's time to implement extensive changes and harness the shock caused by the pandemic to transform our health system. These are complex, but not insurmountable changes and are accompanied by opportunities for improvement, such as the creation of the State Public Health Agency.

The current political, economic, and social context continues to be convulsive however, and is resulting in various uncertainties about the health sector's future. That's why the scientific programme at this XLII Conference focuses on the most important challenges and opportunities in the post-Covid era, returning to pre-pandemic priorities and using lessons learned from the last two years. We'll specifically address digitisation and the data revolution as the great levers for change in the National Health System. We'll focus on approaches that facilitate access to innovation and ensure sustainability in the system, comparing international healthcare technology assessment models, while analysing the role of cost information in management. We'll address possible solutions to complex issues, such as promoting innovative integrated care models to address growing multimorbidity and possible responses to managing diseases closely related to longevity, such as dementia. We'll also discuss misinformation in public health, with academic, journalistic, and informative proposals. The plenary sessions and roundtables aim to provide answers to the most burning current issues from varied perspectives, with the participation of prestigious speakers, both national and international.

The XLII Conference Scientific and Organising Committees are working to design an ambitious programme to encourage debate on the important current challenges facing our health system and to propose possible solutions. We're also preparing the reception for the XLII Conference in Girona, to ensure that your stay in the city is comfortable, pleasant and stimulating. We are especially excited to welcome you. The third and final essential element is that of your ideas and contributions. We invite you to actively participate with your proposals, which will undoubtedly be the key to success for future conferences. We want sessions to be interactive, with a strong scientific component and that they make a positive impact on society through debate and reflection. We have much to contribute, and Girona will offer the perfect opportunity to make progress on the important challenges that lie ahead.

Scientific Committee and Organising Committee

The XLII edition of the Health Economics Association (AES) Conference has received the "Recognition of Sanitary Interest (RIS)" registration number 9002E/1/2023


Organizing Committee

Marc Carreras Pijuan

Maria Fuentes Fort
Anna Garriga Ripoll
José María Inoriza Belzunce
Marc Sáez Zafra
Joan San Molina
Laura Vall-llosera Casanovas

Scientific Committee

Laia Maynou Pujolràs

Francesc Cots Reguant
Laura Vallejo Torres
Manuel Flores Mallo
Juan Carlos Rejón Parrilla
Marina Rodés Sánchez

Board of Directors

Anna García-Altés

Vice-president 1
Laia Maynou Pujolràs

Vice-president 2
Pilar Pinilla Domínguez

Cristina Hernández Quevedo

Roberto Nuño Solinis

Sergio García Vicente
Dolores Jiménez Rubio
Sophie Gorgemans
Jaime Pinilla Domínguez



Universitat de Girona
Facultad de Letras

Campus Barri Vell - Edifici Sant Domènec I
Plaça Josep Ferrater i Móra, 1
17004 - Girona
Universitat de Girona: Facultat de lletres


Getting here

Girona’s extraordinary geographical location and excellent transportation infrastructure makes getting here extremely easy.

If you come by plane you can fly into the Barcelona, Girona and Perpignan airports, the latter a mere 35 km from the French border. If you prefer the high-speed train, the AVE runs through the cities of Girona and Figueres. The AP-7 motorway crosses the Girona region from north to south and dual carriageways runs from east to west. The region can also be reached by the Palamós, Roses and Barcelona ports

Source: Convention buerau Girona.


Asociación de Economía de la Salud - AES UdG

Official Welcome Act of the XLII Conference on Health Economics

In the next few weeks.

Tourist information: Girona

One of the most interesting in Catalonia, the historic city of Girona invites visitors to trace its more than 2000 years of history through two fortified enclosures, the Força Vella and the Medieval Quarter. The Força Vella dates back to the Roman foundation while the medieval extension of the city walls was carried out during the 14th and 15th centuries. The city's artistic heritage has been preserved in the numerous monuments that have survived until today. The highlights of Girona are rounded off by the impressive old Jewish Quarter or Call, with its beautiful streets and porticoed squares, and by the exuberant baroque spaces and Noucentisme-style buildings by architect Rafael Masó.

The Cathedral is located at the heart of the Força Vella. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it includes a series of walls and spaces in different styles, from Romanesque (the cloister and Charlemagne tower) to the baroque façade and steps. Its most singular feature is its large Gothic nave (15th-16th centuries) which, at a width of 23 metres, is the widest of its kind in the world.

Girona offers spectacular images of steep alleyways, porticoed streets and squares and, above all, the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar (the river that crosses the city) which provide the most emblematic image of the city. One of these houses is Casa Masó, which is open to the public. Of particular interest among the bridges that span the river are the slender and lightweight Gómez bridge and the Palanques Vermelles bridge (1827), which was built by the Eiffel company.

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.

Girona is a privileged place when it comes to natural heritage. Rivers flowing through the city centre, Mediterranean and riverbank woodlands, mountain ranges such as the Gavarres, the pretty valley of Sant Daniel, as well as fields, croplands and vegetable gardens – in a landscape that has harmonised urban growth with the preservation of the natural surroundings. Enjoy all this and more, just a stone's throw from the city centre. Discover your active tourism activities in Girona!

In Girona you will find all kinds of shops, ranging from traditional stores to designer boutiques: prestigious international brands, avant-garde decoration, signature jewellery, crafts, antiques, delicatessen products and many others provide a wide variety of options that guarantee a pleasant shopping experience for one and all.

(Source: Girona Tourism Office)

See more here: https://www.girona.cat/turisme/eng/



The deadline
for the submission of organised sessions


The deadline
for submission of individual abstracts


The deadline
for early bird






Start of
Jornadas AES

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Plenary session
Data driven digital transformation in healthcare
Dipak Kalra. President, The European Institute for Innovation through Health Data; Professor of Health Informatics, University College London; Visiting Professor, University of Gent
Invited session I
Integrated care models: bridging the gap between health and social care
Ewout Vaan Ginneken. Hub Coordinator, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Søren Kristensen . Associate Professor in Health Economics, University of Southern Denmark
Ane Fullaondo Zabala. Scientific Coordinator, Kronikgune Institute for Health Services Research
Anna Ribera. Directora Assistencial, Fundació Hospital de Palamós, Serveis de Salut Integrats Baix Empordà

Invited session II
Estado actual y futuro de los costes en la gestión de los servicios sanitarios / Present and future of management costs in healthcare
Stephen Duckett. Honorary Enterprise Professor, School of Population and Global Health, and Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne
Miquel Arrufat. Director de Gestió de l’Institut Català de la Salut. Departament de Salut. Generalitat de Catalunya
Elisa Gómez Inhiesto. Directora Económico Financiera y SSGG, OSI Ezkerraldea Enkarterri Cruces-Osakidetza

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Plenary session
Economics of dementia: beyond forecasts of gloom
Adelina Comas. Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Invited session III
Searching for the optimal HTA model: a guided tour through 3 country approaches

Moderadora / Chair: Sandra García Armesto. Executive-Director IACS and serving Vice-Chair of the SNS Network of HTA Agencies

Valerie Paris. Board Member of High Authority for Health, Chair of the Economic and Public Health Committee, Haute Autorité de santé (HAS)
Katarina Steen Carlsson. Associate Professor in Health Economics, Lund University. Chief Scientific Officer at the Swedish Institute for Health Economics, Lund, Sweden
Jonathan Karnon. Professor in Health Economics, Flinders University. Member of the Economic Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Australia from 2010 to 2022

Invited session IV
Divulgación como vacuna para la epidemia de la desinformación
José María Abellán. Catedrático de Universidad, Universidad de Murcia
Gonzalo Casino. Responsable de Transferencia del Conocimiento y de la UCC+i, Centro Cochrane Iberoamericano
Oriol Güell. Periodista, El País


Send anabstract

General rules for the submission of abstracts:

The deadline for submissions is February 1st.

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. For short communication, authors will have about 5 minutes (3 ppt maximum) to present their work in a specific session that will take place from 13.00-15.00hours (see program). At the end of it, there will be time for general discussion by grouping works of similar themes in the same session. In oral sessions, authors will have about 15 minutes to present their work, followed by a general discussion.

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 21th 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.

The AES Workshops will include 4 interest group sessions (EEconAES, EvaluAES, GestionAES and AESEC)

  • In the EEconAES, EvaluAES and GestionAES sessions the author will present their paper followed by a discussion by a commentator who will have read the paper beforehand. The session will be followed by a short discussion with all participants.
  • For the AES Early Careers (AESEC) session, i.e. recent, pre-doctoral or post-doctoral researchers having completed their PhD in the last 5 years, the author will not present their work because a senior reference in their field will make the presentation-discussion and it will be followed by a short discussion with all participants.

If you wish your paper to be considered for these sessions, you must state this in the appropriate place on the paper submission form. If your paper is not chosen for one of these sessions, it will be considered in the general group of papers. You will find more information on the form for each interest group.


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


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.


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.


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.


Send anabstract

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 25th.
  • 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 .
      • 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).



Registration Fee

Up to 19 April (inclusive) After 19 April
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.

Day registration

1 day registration – Wednesday July 5 120€
1 day registration – Thursday July 6 120€
1 day registration – Friday July 7 80€

21% VAT included

Registration Cancellation Policy

The cancellation of registrations will lead to the withholding of the amount paid, according to the following schedule:

  • Before May 12th (inclusive), 25% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • Between May 12th and June 12th (both inclusive), 50% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • After June 12th, 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 and the Organizing Committee may exempt them from the corresponding withholding arising from either the registration, accommodation booking or both, with the full amount paid being refunded.



Hotel Carlemany 4*

Plaça Miquel Santaló i Pavor, 1
17002 - Girona
See map
Hotel Carlemany

Hotel Ciutat de Girona 4*

Carrer Nord, 2
17001 - Girona
See map
Hotel Ciutat de Girona

Hotel Ultonia 4*

Gran Via de Jaume I, 22
17001 - Girona
See map
Hotel Hotel Ultonia

Hotel Erba by pillow 2*

Carrer Ultònia, 1
17002 - Girona
See map
Hotel Erba by pillow

Accommodation fee

Double room for single use Double room
Hotel Carlemany 110.36 € 121.71 €
Hotel Ciutat de Girona 118.28 € 142.50 €
Hotel Ultonia 110.36 € 131.90 €
Hotel Erba by pillow* 72.23 € 78.46 €

Breakfast and VAT included
*Breakfast not included

Payment method

Accommodation Cancellation Policy

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:

  • Between March 3rd (inclusive) and April 3rd, 25% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • Between April 3rd (inclusive) and May 3rd, 50% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • Between May 3rd and July 1st (both inclusive), 75% of the fee will be withheld and the remainder refunded once the conference has ended.

  • After 2 July, 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 and the Organizing Committee may exempt them from the corresponding withholding arising from either the registration, accommodation booking or both, with the full amount paid being refunded.