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Symposium: ‘Health Economics: what’s next?’

February 24, 2023 @ 4:00 am - 9:30 am EST


On the occasion of Professor Eddy Van Doorslaer’s farewell and his valedictory lecture at the Erasmus University, we would like to take advantage to not only look back at his 40 year career in health economics but also to look forward to scientific developments in health economics to be expected in the next few decades.

On 24 February, the very day that he will reach his 65th birthday and give his valedictory lecture, it will be preceded by a symposium organised by Erasmus Centre for Health Economics Rotterdam (EsCHER), Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE). On the programme are a few of the scholars with whom he has worked closely together throughout his career. Each speaker represents one of five periods in which Eddy’s career can be divided. You are cordially invited to attend the symposium.

The valedictory lecture of Professor Eddy Van Doorslaer will be held at the Erasmus University Aula at 16:00, followed by a reception. Please note, the valedictory lecture portion only will be available via livestream; when registering you will be asked to select if you are attending 1. Symposium live on campus 2. Valedictory lecture live on campus 3. Valedictory lecture livestream (you are able to select more than one option).

Everybody is welcome to attend this symposium and lecture. Participation is free but we do require registration.


10.00 Walk in with coffee/tea & cake
10.30 Opening by Prof. Werner Brouwer (ESHPM, EUR)
10.45 Introduction presentations – Prof. Eddy Van Doorslaer
11.00 Prof. Maureen Rutten-van Mölken (ESHPM, EUR): Does personalized medicine require a new paradigm for clinical and economic evaluation? [1983-1991]
11.30 Prof. Han Bleichrodt (Univ of Alicante): QALYs: the good, the bad and the ugly [1991-1999]
12.00 Lunch break
13.15 Reopening and introduction presentations – Prof. Eddy Van Doorslaer
13.30 Prof. Owen O’Donnell (ESE, EUR): Financial protection: what’s next? [1999-2007]
14.00 Dr. Ellen Van de Poel (World Bank): From health equity analysis to health policy impact [2007-2015]
14.30 Prof. Hans van Kippersluis (ESE, EUR): The origins of health inequalities [2015-2023]
15.00 Wrap up


February 24, 2023
4:00 am - 9:30 am EST
Event Category:


Online or Erasmus Pavilion, Woudestein Campus, EUR
Rotterdam, Netherlands


Erasmus Centre for Health Economics Rotterdam (EsCHER), Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) & Erasmus School of Economics (ESE).