Dear 4rd International Health Sciences and Management Conference Participants,

Many developed countries recognize health as a basic human right and assume collective responsibility for providing access to health care to all of their citizens.  However, extension of the human life span, rapid development of new technology and advanced treatment methods, and significant increase of health care expenditure as a share of national and family incomes necessitate efficient and effective provision of health services as well as their professional management in all countries.

Like other sectors, globalization in the health care sector brings innovation, advantages, as well as challenges to health care consumers; it requires close communication between countries, increased patient mobility, and easy access to health information. Clearly, there is a need to assume a global perspective in managing and developing the health care sector.  Indeed, global trends and developments in health care affect national health care systems, presenting several opportunities and significant threats.  Health policy makers and managers cannot afford to manage their systems and institutions without taking into account these global opportunities and threats.  In addition to these global dynamics, many developed and developing countries are currently initiating reforms to meet the increasing demand for health care services while improving quality and ensuring financial sustainability. We have much to learn from the experiences of countries working on reform efforts.

The main aim of this conference is to serve as a professional platform and network to exchange knowledge, information, and experiences about current health care management trends and health reforms between national and international health care management academicians, policy makers, practitioners, managers, and students. We also hope that the conference will further contribute to the global recognition of health care management as an important and growing profession.

This year the Conference will be held at the Uskudar University’s Center Campus (Altunuzade) at Istanbul. We are honored to be the partner of the Uskudar University, which stands out with its successful international educational studies. We would also like to thank the university for (giving opportunity for) opening the 4rd International Health Sciences and Management Conference. We are also very happy that we will have the opportunity to know and see our host university, Istanbul and the Uskudar.

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference.

Sincerely,

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sedat BOSTAN                                                                                                 Prof. Dr. Haydar SUR                                      

Conference Co-Chair                                                                                                                 Conference Co-Chair

Ordu University, Turkey                                                                                                            Uskudar University, Turkey