Field:Health Reform
Institution:Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection
Juozas Galdikas has a background in medicine, specialization in Vascular Surgery and experience of 14 years in this area. During this period he was occupied in the Clinic of Vascular Surgery of Vilnius University (Lithuania), spent two years on postgraduate study in Cardiovascular Clinic of Berne University (Switzerland), got awards for research in Vascular Surgery in New York and Berlin, got scientific degree of Medical doctor, later- Habilitated doctor and the name of Professor at Vilnius University.

Since 1995 he moved to politics and administration in health care. He was directly elected to the Parliament of Lithuania, became Minister of Health (Member of the 8th Government of Lithuania). At the position of Minister he organized preparation and implementation of Compulsory Health insurance system in the country.

Since 2001 Juozas has started a position in civil service, becoming deputy director and later director of State health care accreditation agency, which was nationally responsible for regulation of medical devices, health specialists and nurses, health care establishments, medical audit, patient safety, health technology assessment and became the national contact point for Patient rights and cross-border health care.

As an expert of health care governance since 2003 he participated in a range of EU and WHO projects, as well as TAIEX missions to Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey.