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1 The Role of Health Economics Associations Bill Swan, Deputy CEO International Health Economics Association 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

2 Who Am I? Really persistent fellow who KEEPS sending you Operations Fundraising Accounting Program Development Etc. 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

3 Who is iHEA? Charity registered in the US Virtual organization with 3.5 staff (3 in Nova Scotia, Canada & 0.5 in Philadelphia) Mission “… formed to increase communication among health economists, foster a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems and assist young researchers at the start of their careers.” Humbly attempting to extend academic tradition of peer review from the Royal Society London, Alexandria & Timbuktu 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

4 Brief Timeline of Health Economics – Activity in many centres in the UK & US – ILO & SSA 1958 – Kessel “Price Discrimination in Medicine” 1961 – Weisbrod Economics of Public Health 1963 – Arrow, Fuchs, Klarman 1968 – Baltimore Conference 1972 – HESG, HERO 1973 – Tokyo Conference 1975 – AHES 1980 – Rotterdam Conference 1989 – Barcelona Conference 1990 – Zürich Conference 1992 – Paris Conference 1993 – iHEA Formed 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

5 A Little History of iHEA Incorporated in 1993 by Tom Getzen By the end of 1994 had about 350 members Small snail mailed newsletter called HEAL NO – I mean NO – conferences Early relationships with Elsevier, Wiley & Springer 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

6 What Does iHEA Do Now? 2500 members in 70+ countries Linkage Web Page Jobs iHEAweek eNewsletter Conferences (Vancouver 1996, Rotterdam 1999, York 2001, San Francisco 2003, Barcelona 2005, Copenhagen 2007, Beijing 2009, Toronto 2011, Sydney 2013, Milan 2015, Boston 2017?) Scholarships Technical support for other conferences (ECHE – Zürich 2012, Dublin 2014, ASHEcon – Madison 2006, Duke 2008, Cornell 2010) Supports Development of Affiliates AfHEA, Asia-Pacific Health Econ Association (China), IHEPA, etc. Social Science Research Network eJournals On-line proceedings 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

7 Health Economics Network (HEN) 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

8 SSRN eJournal 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

9 8 th World Congress Website 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

10 2011 iHEA World Congress Toronto: Transforming Health & Economics Pre-Congress Jul 7-10, Congress Jul attendees expected Current scholarship requests between $300,000- $400,000 Record 193 submitted organized sessions: each getting 5 unblinded reviews individual abstracts: each getting 5 blinded reviews 864 oral presentations, 510 oral-poster presentations & posters 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

11 Pre-Congress Sessions 1 National Health Accounts (Jul 7 & 8) The Role of the Private Sector in Health Systems (Jul 9) Asthma & Economics (Jul 9) Government & Economics (Jul 9) Methods for Addressing Endogeneity and Selection Bias in Observational Studies (Jul 9) US Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) Session (Jul 9) 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

12 Pre-Congress Sessions 2 Understanding Options to Improve Efficiency in Healthcare Spending and Healthcare Financing (Jul 10) Equity and Financial Protection in Health - Measurement and Explanation (Jul 10) Modeling Health Care Costs and Counts (Jul 10) Overview of New Data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Including Data Linked to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Records (Jul 10) Economic Case for Upstream Public Health Interventions with a Global Perspective (Jul 10) Investing in Child Health to Improve Global Health (Jul 10) Cancer & Economics (Jul 10) 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

13 What Else Could You Possibly Cram In? Up to 4 lunch debates: (1) Do we need a new paradigm for health economics? (2) Medical Tourism (3) Valuing Medicine for High Risk/End- of-Life/Heroic Care Two sessions on TEACHING health economics A session on a new Young Researcher Network Plenary Speakers – Martin Feldstein, Katherine Ho, Tim Besley Student Paper Awards Best Poster Awards Gala Reception at the Royal Ontario Museum Possible launch of a new IDRC initiative Just enough time for a mild breakdown 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

14 Observations Success of AfHEA (other regional interest) Quality of research from most developing regions improving dramatically Research coming out of developing regions that the developed world needs to take seriously Demand for good solid economic research and outlets to present seems to continue to grow Research is still funding driven (is this good?) … e.g. Obesity is flavour of the month. A lot less HIV-ART research. What next? 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

15 Trends Massive impending growth in India, China, Brazil Each may choose a different path to health modernization than OECD countries Extensive period of "econometric" intensity seems to be giving way to more institutional, policy-oriented work Less reliance on traditional lagged peer-review literature. Switch to more “just-in-time” policy relevant research Development of large scale real-time data will revolutionize evidence based research. 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011

16 Thank You – Jërëjëf – Merci 2nd AfHEA Conference, Saly Sénégal, March 15, 2011


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