June 5-7, 2006, Athens, Greece


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Conference Venue: University of Athens (30 Panepistimiou Street)




Organizing AND SCIENTIFIC Committee


1.      Dr. John Yfantopoulos, Head, Health Research Unit, ATINER & Professor, University of Athens, Greece

2.      Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President and Director, ATINER

3.      Dr. Jorja Manos Leap, Professor, UCLA School of Public Policy, USA

4.      Dr. Stefanos Nastis, University of Wyoming, USA

5.      Dr. Kyriakos Souliotis, Professor, TEI of Athens, Greece

6.      Dr. Sotiris Soulis, Professor, TEI of Athens, Greece

7.      Dr. Andy Stergachis, Professor, University of Washington, USA

8.      Dr. Maria Tsouroufli, Research Fellow, University of Cardiff, U.K.

9.       Zoe Boutsioli, Ph.D. Student, University of Kent, U.K.






Takis Chreppas, Thomas Papanikos, Sylia Sakka
Monday, June 5th, 2006


07:30 - 08:30 Registration

08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. John Yfantopoulos, Head, Health Research Unit, ATINER & Professor, University of Athens, Greece.


08:40 – 10:30 Session I

Chair: Papanikos, G.T., Director, ATINER, Greece


1.                  Anis, A., Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada  Xin, L., Post – Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, Canada. Cost Sharing of Prescription Drugs and Demand for Health Care Utilization among Seniors with Rheumatoid Arthritis – Evidence from a Natural Experiment.

2.                  Tuominen, U., Researcher, National Research and Development center for Wellfare and Health (Stakes), Finland, Hirvonen, J., Researcher, National Research and Development center for Wellfare and Health (Stakes), Finland & Blom, M., Ph.D., National Research and Development center for Wellfare and Health (Stakes), Finland.  The Use and Costs of Disease Specific Medication During The Waiting Time and three Months After Total Hip Replacement.

3.                  Augurzky, B., Division Chief, RWI Essen, Germany & Silja, G., RWI Essen, Germany, Stefan,G., University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany & Juergen W., University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The Effects of Reference Prising on Ex-Factory Prices of Rx Drugs in German Social Health Insurance – A Panel Data Approach.

4.                  Stork Genannt Wersborg, T., Ph.D. Student, University of Munich, Germany & Hasford, J., Professor, University of Munich, Germany. Efficient and Sufficient Evidence – Based Management of Chronic Heart Failure is not possible Under Current Regulatory Prescription Drug Budget Restrictions in Bavaria.

5.                  Wolf, S., Researcher, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. Development of Pharmaceutical Expenditures in Germany-Outlook and Cause Analysis.


10:30 – 12:00 Session II

Chair: Anis, A., Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada 


1.                  Fliedner, J., Reseacher, University of Freiburg, Germany & Deuchert, E., Reseracher, University of Freiburg, Germany. Why is HIV prevalence higher for rich people? - Evidence from Kenya -.

2.                  Haas, M., Associate Professor, CHERE, University of Technology, Australia, Fiebig, D., Professor, UNSW and CHERE, University of Technology, Australia, Viney, R., Associate Professor, CHERE, University of Technology, Australia & Hossain, I., Post Doctoral Fellow, CHERE, University of Technology, Australia. Choosing Pap Tests: What Factors Do Women and GPs Take into Account?

3.                  Loh, C.-P., Assistant Professor, University of North Florida, USA, Chien, C.-S., Professor, National Taipel University, Taiwan & Liu, T.-C., Professor, National Taipel University, Taiwan. Long-Run Responsiveness of Cigarette Demand to Cigarette Price: Evidence from Taiwan.  (Monday, 5th June)

4.                  Hlalele, D., Lecturer, University of the Free State, South Africa. Effects of Termination of Pregnancy on Adolescent Schoolgirls in the Eastern Free State, South Africa.

5.                  Mukhopadhyay, S.P., Professor & Hrad, Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business, India. Comparative Cost Analysis between Smokers & non Smokers Families in and Around Kolkata (India).

 12:00 – 13:30 Session III

Chair: Spaulding, R., Director, Kansas University, USA



1.                     Grasser, G., Lecturer, FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, Austria & Reichenpfader, U., Lecturer, FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences, Austria.  An Explorative Ecological Analysis on Inequalities in Mortality for Styria, Austria.( Monday,5th June )

2.                     Ossowicki, M., Researcher, Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Sweden & Soderberg, J., Researcher, Swedish Social Insurance, Sweden. Social Insurance and Country of Birth. Analysis of Differences in the Use of Social Insurance Between Native-Born Between Native-Born and Foreign Born Swedes.

3.                      Scanlan, J., Attorney at Law, USA. Measuring Health Inequalities.

4.                    *Papanikolaou, P., Research Fellow, Nursing, Health and Social Care Research Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University, UK. The Discrete Choice Experiment Technique: Developing a Research Tool for Understanding Service Users’ Views and Improving the Performance of the Healthcare System in Greece.


13:30 - 14:30 LUNCH (Inside Conference Venue)      


14:30 – 16:00 Session IV

Chair: Scanlan, J., Attorney at Law, USA. Measuring Health Inequalities.


1.                  *Spaulding, R., Director, Kansas University, USA, Cook, D., External Affairs, Kansas University, USA & Doolittle, G., Associate Professor, Kansas University, USA. School-based Telemedicine in Kansas: Parent Perceptions of Health and Economic Benefits.

2.                  Beouche, L., Ph.D. Student, University of Nantes, France. Determinants of Medical Technologies Diffusion in France: A Panel Data Analysis.

3.                  Zimmerman, J., Student, EDH 2005-2007, France. Benchmarking in the French Health System.

4.                  Meyer, N., Researcher, University of Munster, Germany & Klemann, A., Researcher, University of Munster, Germany. Rehabilitation Care and Diagnosis Related Groups (REDIA-Study): The Impacts of Adopting DRGs in the Acute Care Sector on Quality and Cost of Rehabilitation Care in Germany.

5.                  Piraino, N., Ph.D. Student, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy & Masella, C., Full Professor, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Integrated Healthcare Network: The Experience of the Rehabilitation Sector.


16:00 – 17:30 Session V

Chair: Mufti, G., Medical Director, Medway Maritime Hospital, UK


1.                            Abd. Manaf, N., Assistant Professor, International Islamic University, Malysia. Physicians and Quality Management: Is there a Good Match?

2.                            Basu, K., Senior Economist, Health Canada, Canada & Mandelzys, D., Researcher, Health Canada. Does Physician Remuneration on Mode Affect Physician – Patient Contact?

3.                            Cree, M., Researcher, University of Alberta, Canada & Carricre, K., Professor, University of Alberta, Canada. Estimating Expected Caseload for Physicians: With Application to Hypertensive Patients.

4.                            *Frazzica, R.G., Director, CEFPAS, Italy & Di Mattia, P., Consultant, CEFPAS, Italy. HIA: A Multidisciplinary Team Assesses The Potential Effects of Local Policies on the Health of Population in Sicily. (Monday, 5th June)

5.                            Li, C-S., Assistant Professor, Feng Chia University, Taiwan, Liu, C-C., Assistant Professor, Feng Chia University, Taiwan & Yang, C-S., Ph.D. Student, Feng Chia University, Taiwan. Health Insurance and Labor Contracts.


17: 30 – 19 :00 Session VI

Chair: *Frazzica, R.G., Director, CEFPAS, Italy


1.                  Kuchinke, B., Researcher, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany. Public Owned Hospitals in Germany: A Statistical Approach of the Extent and Causes of long-term Shortfalls.

2.                  *Mufti, G., Medical Director, Medway Maritime Hospital, UK. Emergency Surgical Pathway…Keep it Separate from Elective Pathway.

3.                  Von Eiff, W., CEO, Center for Hospital Management, Healing Environment: How Facilities and Non-Medical Services Contribute to…

4.                  Schwierz, C., Researcher, RWI, Germany. Who Gets the Credit? – Factors Behind the Financial Soundness of German Hospitals.




 (Tavern STAMATOPOULOS, 26 Lissiou Street, Plaka,

 Tel.: 210 3228722)

             Price: 30 Euro (includes wine, 250ml per person, or one refreshment)


Tuesday, June 6th, 2006


09:00 – 10:30 Session VII

Chair: Boutsioli, Z., Ph.D. Student, U.K.


1.      Courbage, C., Head, The Geneva Association, Switzerland. Prudence and Healthcare Risks.

2.     Francesconi, A., Associate Professor, University of Trento, Italy. Implementing Strategy in Health Care Organizations: Results From an on Field Research.

  1. Korachais, C., Ph.D. Student, Université d’Auvergne, France. Role of Official Development Assistance in Improving Health in the World an Illustration with Under Five Mortality Rate.
  2. Magnezi, R., Ph.D., Department of Health Systems Management, School of Health Sciences, The Ariel College, Israel. Cost Advantage of Outsourcing Healthcare for Career Soldiers.
  3. Rivers, G., Lecturer, Monash University, Australia. A Comparison of Neoclassical and Managerial Discretion Models and the New Classical Model of the Firm with Respect to the Structure and Behaviour of Hospitals.



10:30 – 12:00 Session VIII

Chair: Papanikolaou, P., Researcher, Cardiff University, U.K.


1.     Fong, C.W., Senior Statistician, Epidemiology & Disease Control Division, Singapore. Education Inequalities in Health-related Behaviours in Singapore.

2.     Gerouki, M., Researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland. Health Education Programs in the Greek Primary School – Enhancing and Obstructing Factors for Development and Implementation.

  1. Khurshid, A., Ph.D. Student, The University of Texas at Austin, USA & Flamm, K., Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, USA. Economic Analysis of School-based Preventive Oral Care in Rural Areas.
  2. Milondzo, K. S., Lecturer, University of the Free State, South Africa. The Principal’s Role in the Development Programmes for the Teaching Staff in the Far North of the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  3. Bruzzi, S., Researcher, University of Pavia, Italia. European Integration Process and European Health Systems.


12:00 – 13:30 Session IX

Chair: Gerouki, M., Researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland


1.                  Cristina, M.L., Associate Professor, University of Genoa, Italy, Perdelli, F., Professor, University of Genoa, Italy, Sartini, M., Ph.D. University of Genoa, Italy, Orlando, P., Professor, University of Genoa, Italy. Perception of the Health Status and Environmental Features in Urban Areas.

2.                  Neanidis, K., Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK & Agenor, P.-R., Professor, University of Manchester, UK. The Allocation of Public Expenditure and Economic Growth. (Tuesday, 6th June)

3.                  Verbelen, B., Assistant Professor, Impalla Programme/Ceps Instead, Luxemburg. Is Taking a Pilla Day Good for Health Expenditures. Evidence from a Gross Section Time Series Analysis of 19 OECD Countries from 1970-2000.

4.                  Parsa, A.D., Ph.D. Student, University of Nottingham, UK & Gray, D., Reader in Medicine and Cardiologist Consultant, University of Nottingham, UK. Health Economics from the Consumers’ Perspectives; A Study of Consumers’ Preference for Coronary Heart Disease.

5.                Ashour, M., Financing Under Adversity: The Case of Palestinian Health Care System.

6.        Erkan, E., Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, & Kahraman, K., Ph.D Candidate, METU IIBF, Ankara, Turkey. Nutrition, Effects of Broad Sense of Capital and Economic Growth.


13:30 - 14:30 LUNCH (Inside Conference Venue)


14:30 – 16:15 Session X

Chair: Uydaci, M., Assistant Professor, Marmara University, Turkey


1.                  Nunez, D., Associate Professor, Arizona State University, USA & Armbruster, C., Clinic Director, Arizona State University, USA.  Improving Health Outcomes in Geriatrics through Combined Research, Community Collaboration and Practice Programs.

2.                  Osterkamp, R., Head, IFO Institute for Economic Research, Germany & Oliver R., Researcher, IFO Institute for Economic Research, Germany. Explaining the Difference in Kidney Organ Donations across Countries.

3.                  *Hamersma, S., Assistant Professor, University of Florida, USA. The Effects of Medicaid Earnings Limits on Earnings Growth Among Poor Workers.

4.                  Dixon, K., Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University, USA. Forbidden Death Redacted.

5.                  Senn, A., Project Manager, Kent  & Medway Cancer, Network, UK, James, R., Clinical Director, Kent & Medway Cancer Network, UK & Larsen-Disney, P., Clinical Director, Sussex Cancer Network, UK. Share Expertise of Three Health Networks to the Benefit of Cancer Patients. (Tuesday, 6th June)


16:15 – 18:00 Session XI

Chair: Hamersma, S., Assistant Professor, University of Florida, USA


1.                  Bradley, R., Economist, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA. Hedonic Methods for Quality Change in the Medical Market.

2.                  Šebo, J., Assistant Professor, Matej Bel University, Slovakia, Kuvíková, H., Professor, Matej Bel University, Slovakia & Meričková, B., Assistant Professor, Matej Bel University, Slovakia. Regional Health Policy and Health Care Reform in Slovakia (analysis and suggested approach).     

3.                  Kalliecharan, R., Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds, UK. The Process of Health Policy Reform in the English-Speaking Caribbean: Case Studies in National Health Insurance.

4.                  Carroll, S., Researcher, University of Victoria, Canada & Hills, M., Director, University of Victoria, Canada. Reorienting Health Services: Collaborative Action for Health and Social Change.


18:00 – 19:30 Session XII

Chair: Šebo, J., Assistant Professor, Matej Bel University, Slovakia.



1.                            *Uydaci, M., Assistant Professor, Marmara University, Turkey, Alkan, O., Secretary of Medical Sciences Institute, Marmara University, Turkey & Dincer, E., Assistant Professor, Marmara University, Turkey.  Who Must The Hospitals Administrated By? By Doctors or by Administrators? An Application From Turkey.

2.                            Kringos, D.S., Researcher, NIVEL-Netherlands Institute for Health, the Netherlands. International Comparison of Socio-Economic Inequalities in use of Preventive Care.

3.                            Martin, D., Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada. Improving Priority Setting in Health Systems: Beyond Evidence-Based Medicine and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.



20:00 - 22:00 DINNER (Tavern ROZALIA, 58 Valtetsiou Street, Exarcheia Square,

                                        Tel.: 210 3302933)

             Price: 20 Euro (includes wine, 250ml per person, or one refreshment)




Wednesday, June  7th, 2006


One Day Cruise to the Aegean Islands (includes Lunch)

07:00 Bus Departure from Fresh Hotel (26 Sophocleous Street, Athens, Greece)

20:30 Return to the Fresh Hotel