On May 24th, during the 69th World Health Assembly, Rabin Martin hosted a side event entitled “Universal Health Coverage and the New Health Economy,” in partnership with the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health and the Study of Business Enterprise. The event brought together leaders from non-governmental organizations and the private sector to address the emerging concept of the health economy and its implications for the future of UHC. Speakers discussed governance and policy challenges related to the health economy and the risks and opportunities associated with increased public and private partnerships.
Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, delivered the keynote address, speaking about the Global Fund Strategy and the economic argument for UHC. Investing in health is investing in the commodity of educated and healthy consumers and workers, he said. Dybul also said that the focus should be on systems for health, not health systems: “The health system cannot end at the hospital doors.” Dybul emphasized that UHC’s focus is to provide better services, focus on people and ultimately, improve quality. Christian Franz, Partner & CEO of CPC Analytics, then announced the launch of Universal Health Coverage: An Annotated Bibliography 3.0 – The New Health Economy, May 2016, an annotated compilation of relevant articles and works on different concepts relating to the health economy. A panel discussion followed, including panelists Janet Voute, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestle; Simon Hendrie, Product Development Actuary, Discovery Vitality; and Peter Sands, Chair, Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future. Rabin Martin President and CEO Jeff Sturchio delivered the closing remarks.