Report from the International Symposium on Health Care Policy

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<p>The Commonwealth Fund's 13th International Symposium on Health Care Policy, "Achieving a High Performing Health Care System: Realizing the Promise of Health Reform," was held this month in Washington, D.C., bringing together health ministers and leading policy thinkers from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In a <a href="/blog/2010/international-health-policy-symposium-highlights-learning-opportunities">new post</a> on The Commonwealth Fund Blog, Michelle Ries of the Fund's International Program on Health Policy and Innovation reports on how the meeting examined approaches to problems shared by many health care systems, showcased policy innovations, and pointed to opportunities for learning from other countries.</p>
<p>Symposium highlights included the presentation of the 2010 Commonwealth Fund International Survey findings; roundtable discussions on the survey results with participating government officials; the opening keynote address, "In Search of Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS," delivered by England's Minister of State for Health, Simon Burns MP; and the John M. Eisenberg, M.D., International Lecture, "Transforming Health Care Systems: A Vision for the Future," delivered by Robert A. Petzel, M.D., Under Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.</p>
<p>Videos of the two lectures are available in the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D84066DA5B7D4A828A336C98B8B5184B&_z=z">Multimedia Center</a> on You can find more international news, charts, publications, and multimedia in the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EA8FB3276DA942A88B16494559130CCA&_z=z">International Health Policy Center</a>. <br /></p>