The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science

Salzburg 2013

Health Care

Delivery Science


the Right to High-Value

Health Care

Salzburg 2013
  • Justice
  • Imagination
  • Sustainability

IN DECEMBER 2013, 68 of the most creative and influential thinkers in the world of health care delivery gathered in Salzburg, Austria, and shared ideas and strategies for expanding the drive for universal health coverage. Organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, and the World Bank Institute, the conference marked the sixth session in Salzburg’s ongoing programming dedicated to improving global health and health care. The five-day session engaged teams from around the world in cross-border learning. Participants included a wide and diverse range of stakeholders, from politicians and policy makers to health practitioners and providers, from economists and ethicists to patient advocates and the media. The hands-on collaboration met at the intersection of the Global Conference’s three pillars: “Justice, Imagination, and Sustainability.”

Key Questions of the Conference

How do we best identify and deliver quality and value in health care? How can we best challenge the overuse, misuse, and under-use of care that results in poor quality, waste, and sometimes harm to patients?

How can we meaningfully use key principles of a rights-based approach to enhance the value of health care?

How can innovations that maximize value best be identified and assessed in health care delivery? What can we learn from approaches adopted in resource-constrained settings to make health care more efficient and cost-effective? How can collaboration and continuous learning across borders best be encouraged and organized?

What can those involved in reforming and expanding health services learn from the problems of mature health systems?

How can the mapping of practice variations across different districts and providers help reduce waste and stimulate greater responsiveness to the needs and preferences of a given population?

What is the potential of patient engagement to improve quality, restrain unwarranted practice variation, inform capacity planning, and control costs? How might this work in differing income settings, in low-, middle- and high-income countries?

How can we engage patients and communities in the design, implementation and monitoring of service delivery in health care?

Expected Results

A Salzburg Statement which will lay out key principles to help ensure that universal health coverage increases access to high-value care to progressively realize the right to health for all.

Country and regional plans showing how those principles could be applied in specific contexts.

Dissemination and discussion of seminar discussions and the Salzburg Statement through media partners.

Ongoing networking and collaborations among participants and the institutions they represent.