Public lectures in Wil Every semester, the HSG stages a public lecture series in a different place in the region. From 8 November 2011, a series on “Health Economics” will take place at Wil Cantonal School. 27 October 2011. In the lecture series “HSG in the region”, four faculty members of the University of St.Gallen will examine the tensions between medical desirability and economic feasibility. The topic was initiated by the teachers of the Economics & Law Department of the Cantonal School in Wil and the Wifona Association, which is Wil’s sustainability forum. The “Health Economics” lectures will take place in the Aula of Wil Cantonal School on Tuesdays at 6.15 p.m. Developments in the Swiss health system Switzerland has the world’s third most expensive health system. The lectures will focus on answers to questions such as: What reforms are suitable for removing disincentives, increasing economic efficiency and getting to grips with rising costs? To what extent do the current hospital reforms with the introduction of flat-rate payments do justice to these aims? What are the optimisation potentials in and between hospitals, and how can they be exploited? In addition, the issues of whether and how sporting activities can lead to improved health and a more successful working life, and of how top-class athletes are legally safeguarded will be discussed. Health economics from four perspectives The speakers are Prof. Dr. Tilman Slembeck (“The health system from an economist’s point of view”, 8 November), PD Dr. Ueli Kieser («Roger Federer breaks his arm – that’ll be expensive! Or will it? Some reflections on social insurance law”, 15 November), Prof Dr. Michael Lechner (“Jogging for the money? The nexus between sporting activities, health and labour market success”, 22 November) and Prof. Dr. Johannes Rüegg-Stürm (“The health system as a patient: do hospitals require therapy, too?”, 29 November).