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Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Ole Norheim, Professor and Director of the Bergen Center for Ethics and Priority Setting, University of Bergen
Dean Jamison, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington and University of California, San Francisco
Joseph Millum, Bioethicist, Clinical Center Department of Bioethics & Fogarty International Center, US National Institutes of Health
Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Peter Neumann, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center
ABOUT THE EVENT
The global health community strives to ensure that all people, regardless of who they are or where they live, can access quality health services without financial hardship. To meet the health-related SDGs and the commitments laid out in the 2019 United Nations High Level Meeting Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), many more billions of dollars will need to be spent on health. But as donors drawdown development assistance for many health programs, and as domestic funding for health grows at too slow a rate to close the financing gap in most countries, how should finite financial resources be spent to maximize health impact in a way that is ethically and economically justifiable?
The new book Global Health Priority Setting: Beyond Cost-Effectiveness, edited by Ole F. Norheim, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, and Joseph Millum, offers ethical reflections for how to think about priority setting in health in the era of UHC aspirations and provides new actionable frameworks and tools for use in the allocation of health care. Join the Center for Global Development to explore new ethical and economic insights into how money spent on health care can go further and tackle the most important questions that decisionmakers must consider in allocating health resources, centered around new contributions from ethicists, philosophers, economists, policymakers, and clinicians from around the world on setting national and global priorities in health. Please join us for a reception following the event.
Please join us for a reception following the event.
Health systems around the world can suffer from a crisis of distrust; patients may question the quality of government clinics and newspapers may expose private hospitals for peddling unnecessary procedures. These are symptoms of volume-based health systems that focus on the quantity of care delivered rather than quality or outcomes. Many countries are accelerating down this path. Hospital construction sometimes surpasses growth of primary care infrastructure. New insurance schemes sometimes expand access to inpatient treatment, without equivalent expansion of community-based prevention. These approaches create lasting structural flaws which increase costs without delivering desired results. As countries commit to universal health coverage (UHC), there is a narrow window to chart a different trajectory toward the common goal of achieving the best health outcomes for the resources invested.
Please join us to discuss the new IDRC book Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good. Co-authors, Robert McLean and John Gargani, will discuss the new and practical approach to scaling the positive impacts of research and innovation outlined in the book, based on a review of over 200 IDRC studies and 5 in-depth case explorations.
The digital transformation of the global economy can help businesses and governments provide services more efficiently and effectively. But it also creates new risks for individuals whose personal data may be used to improve products and services.
The Chinese government’s Belt and Road initiative, now entering its 7th year, has generated a great deal of attention globally. The visibility of the initiative reflects its priority among China’s senior leadership, the consideration of the initiative as both opportunity and risk among potential partner governments, and the concerns raised by its critics. The discourse to date has been dominated by political and strategic considerations. The economics of BRI has received considerably less attention, partly a function of the lack of analysis and research on economic questions – but that picture is changing.