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Bernard Kouchner

XXI Century and Healthcare Challenges: Tbilisi Hosted International Health Conference

The Ministry of Health together with international consulting company Global Alliance hosted, conference-  Healthcare Challenges in the 21st Century. Georgian authorities’ as well Georgian doctors attended the conference.

Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili opened the conference and stressed out the importance of implemented programs in healthcare and for overall welfare of society. The Minister of Health David Sergeenko noted that Georgia has overcome the main challenges and implemented reforms successfully.

On the joint conference the main directions and challenges of Georgia’s healthcare reforms were discussed.

Ex-French Foreign and Health Minister who visits Georgia  under his mandate of the Chairman of Supervisory Board of Global Alliance, the international consulting firm that advises Georgia’s Ministry of Healthcare on the Universal Healthcare Reform, assessed Hepatitis C elimination, universal and primary healthcare programs and talked about other future prospects.

“You are already working to make progress in medicine; Georgia is the first country in the world in the way of eradication Hepatitis C and you already not only started but more than 5000 patients are receiving drugs and are clear from virus. Georgia is also on the way to fully implement the C hepatitis elimination program, but I would like to mention that uniting public and private sectors efforts is important for getting better investment opportunities. However Georgia needs more regulations, to be in balance.”

On the conference President Jean-Elie Malkin, The Minister David Sergeenko and Chairman Bernard Kouchner held a discussion and answered few questions, regarding reforms, main challenges, private/public sector and cost issues in Georgia’s health care.

Mr. Kouchner shared his experience with Georgian doctors and authorities.