1) Economics of COVID-19: Exploring key issues of impact on the economy
Thursday, April 2, 2020
8:00 AM ET
Chair: Winnie Yip, Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics and Director of the Harvard China Health Partnership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Speaker: Richard Smith, Professor of Health Economics and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter Medical School
COVID-19 has now become a devastating reality for most countries around the world. The demand for policy advice and research on a range of issues related to the economics of COVID-19 is growing. iHEA has launched a “COVID-19 research” discussion group and will be hosting several webinars related to COVID-19 research.
In this webinar, Winnie Yip, the IHEA President, will briefly introduce the iHEA webinar series on the Economics of COVID-19.
Richard Smith will present research he and colleagues have recently undertaken that illustrates the potential impact of COVID-19 on the wider UK economy, both in terms of impacts from the disease itself and the impacts from public reaction and policies introduced, including school closure and wider ‘lockdown’.
Winnie will then facilitate a discussion on Richard’s research, as well as encourage participants to share information on research around the economics of COVID-19 that they have initiated or would like to embark on.
We encourage health economists around the world to join the conversation by participating in the webinar and/or posting your inputs on the COVID-19 research group forum.
2) Assessing technical efficiency of health systems and programs: A discussion of traditional and new approaches
Friday, April 24, 2020
9:00 AM ET
Speakers: Cathy Cantelmo; Arin Dutta; David Khaoya; Rebecca Ross
Presented by the Healthy Systems' Efficiency Special Interest Group
This webinar, presented by experts from Palladium, shall begin with a review of traditional methodologies to assess technical efficiency of health services, such as data envelopment analysis and stochastic distance function. The review will include a presentation of an analysis of efficiency in for-profit hospitals in Indonesia, as well as a discussion of limitations of such analyses. Palladium will then present two examples of new approaches to assessing technical efficiency that aim to overcome challenges in using technical efficiency analyses for programmatic and resource allocation decision-making. This includes a presentation of a new tool for assessing technical efficiency of family planning programs and a study conducted at the county-level in Kenya. The presentation shall conclude with applications of emerging approaches and the need for further research.
3) Measuring financial protection for chronic illness in low- and middle-income countries
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
8:00 AM ET -
Speaker: Adrianna Murphy
Presented by the Financing for Universal Health Coverage SIG
Objective: To reflect on implications and challenges of various approaches to measuring financial protection for chronic illness in low- and middle-income countries.
The Sustainable Development Goal 3, Target 8, aims to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all, including financial protection. Efforts to monitor financial protection use indicators of catastrophic spending and impoverishment that may not accurately reflect the economic burden experienced by households in low- and middle-income countries, particularly for those suffering from chronic illness. This webinar will present experiences and preliminary findings from i) implementing household pictorial expenditure diaries, alongside traditional household expenditure surveys, in a sample of people with chronic non-communicable diseases in Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe, ii) using an alternative measure of catastrophic spending to those in the SDGs, proposed by WHO Europe, in a survey of 18 countries at all levels of development and iii) conducting qualitative research on the impact of distress financing on households with chronic NCDs in Zimbabwe.
4) Methods for incorporating equity into economic evaluation
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
8:00 AM ET
Speakers: Richard Cookson; Stéphane Verguet
Presented by the Equity informative economic evaluation Special Interest Group
Equity in health and healthcare is an area of growing global policy interest. Health economists are familiar with well-established economic evaluation methods that provide information about the efficiency of alternative healthcare and public health decisions in terms of aggregate costs and benefits. However, there is now a growing literature and interest in using the methods of economic evaluation to provide information about equity in the distribution of costs and benefits.
Our first webinar will provide an introduction to some of the key principles and methods of equity-informative health economic evaluation. We will then be running a second webinar to showcase some empirical applications to health policy in low- and middle-income countries.