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Apr 11, 2018

Philips hosts a discussion on transforming health systems in emerging markets

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Sharing successful and scalable business models to achieve universal health coverage

At least 400 million people globally lack access to essential health services, according to the World Health Organization. For some 100 million people, accessing healthcare means being pushed below the poverty line into extreme poverty and debt due to out-of-pocket expenditure, exposing many to the risk of preventable death.


On the occasion of the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington D.C., Philips will gather together influential stakeholders from the private and public sector to discuss how innovative business models, such as Managed Equipment Services, can strengthen health systems. 


The aim of the evening is to define and agree on concrete actions to get better, bigger, faster initiatives to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. The discussion will address key elements: appropriate (financial) risk sharing to ensure sustainable transformation, investments in medical technologies and solutions, human resources and capacity constraints, and long-term-performance based contracts. The dinner will be hosted by Henk Siebren de Jong, Chief of International Markets at Philips. The discussion will be facilitated by Raj Kumar, President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex.

Event information:

Name event:
Philips and Devex Dinner on Transforming health systems in emerging markets

Where: Washington D.C., the Dacor House

Date: April 19, 2018

Speaker information:

Henk Siebren de Jong

Henk Siebren de Jong

Executive Vice President & Chief of International Markets, Philips

Henk Siebren de Jong was appointed Chief of International Markets in April 2017 with responsibility for the results of all Philips activities (with the exception of North America and Greater China). Henk joined Philips in 1990. His most recent role was Market Leader in Latin America (LATAM). Under his leadership, the region delivered consistent profitable growth in frequently challenging local environments. Henk also led major transformations in our businesses across the region. Among his achievements, he drove productivity implementing LEAN; led a more a customer-centered approach in our Personal Health businesses and oversaw a shift towards a more innovative solutions-based approach in our Health Systems businesses. 

Raj Kumar

Raj Kumar

President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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