A new perspective on the economics of Global Health

This event is a part of the Geneva Day in Davos at the House of Switzerland, which will explore innovative solutions and new international governance mechanism, including in Global Health. A healthy population contributes to economic development and the health sector is a significant provider of employment. But half the world’s population still does not have access to health services and future affordability of health systems is challenged by the development of new and expensive treatments and an ageing population with growing healthcare needs. A change in perspective, which considers investing in health as contributing to sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and global markets and their impact on health is needed. How can we expand the fiscal space for health to ensure that no one is left behind? Is a rethink of the health insurance system and the social contract for health needed? Can improved health data help better engage finance and economy ministers, as well as investors, to meet the vision of SDG 3?

Introductory remarks made by the Swiss Federal Councillor of Home Affairs, Alain Berset.

The speakers include: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of the World Health Organization),

Beatrice Weder di Mauro (Professor of Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) and

Shobana Kanineni (Executive Vice-Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals).

The moderation is made by Prof. Ilona Kickbusch (Founding director and chair, Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institut).

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