Welcome address

Dear colleagues,

It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to the 8th Europ
ean Conference on Health Economics (ECHE2010). The biennial European conference has been designed by the European Conference Committee of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) to rotate among the European countries and falls between iHEA’s related world congresses. The 2010 conference will be hosted by the Finnish Society for Health Economics in beautiful Helsinki, the "Daughter of the Baltic Sea" and capital of Finland.

Together with the world congresses, ECHE2010 offers the principal platform for leading researchers with an interest in health economics. This facilitates sharing of results, policy debate and knowledge exchange and also contributes to the foundation of networks in addition to improving the quality of research on health economics. The theme of the 2010 conference is Connecting H
ealth and Economics.

Living in a country with great variety in seasonal changes, we are happy to invite participants to join the ECHE2010 Conference during the warmest and brightest period of the year and sense the unique quality of our northern climes as well as the beat of the city. We are confident that you will enjoy both the scientific programme and the social events.

We look forward to your arrival in Helsinki!

Markku Pekurinen

Chair of the Organising Committee