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CHE 40th anniversary Policy Forums

Posted on 15 September 2023

The Centre For Health Economics celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of showcase policy forums.

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The Centre For Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York proudly marks four decades of pioneering research in the realm of health economics. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, CHE is thrilled to announce a series of Policy Forums set to illuminate key areas of our impactful research. 

Since its inception, CHE has been at the forefront of groundbreaking health economics studies, making substantial contributions to the enhancement of healthcare policies and practices worldwide. As a testament to our enduring commitment to advancing healthcare, we are hosting three engaging Policy Forums this autumn.

Each forum will delve into a distinct facet of CHE's extensive research portfolio, addressing critical issues shaping the future of healthcare. What sets these forums apart is the inclusion of distinguished external discussants who will provide invaluable insights from the realms of both research and policy.

The Policy Forums take place in person at the University of York campus, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in a dynamic atmosphere of knowledge exchange. However, recognizing the importance of global participation, CHE is pleased to offer virtual access to these events, ensuring that healthcare professionals, academics, and policymakers from around the world can join in the conversation and celebrate with us the contribution CHE has made to the discipline of Health Economics.

Paying for emergency care; why one size (probably) doesn't fit all

Tuesday 26 September 2023, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Speaker: Martin Chalkley, CHE

Discussant: Martin Campbell, Deputy Director for Payment Development, NHS England

Discussant: Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and REAL Centre, NHS Foundation

The way the NHS pays providers of emergency healthcare has been changing with an increasing emphasis on what is called blended payment. This means that there is discretion to move away from nationally set prices and ‘blend’ activity-based payments with a fixed element of payment. This talk will review research we have undertaken aimed at understanding how these changes might affect delivery of emergency healthcare in the NHS. We highlight that it is particularly important to understand how local discretion regarding payment entails both benefits and risks.

To attend this forum in person or virtually, click here.

How much should we pay for innovation? Fair pricing for pharmaceuticals

Wednesday 18 October 2023, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Venue: CLA/057 Church Lane Building

Speaker: Beth Woods, CHE

Discussant: Adrian Towse, Office of Health Economics

Discussant: Keith Derbyshire (former Chief Economist & Chief Analyst, Department of Health and Social Care)

In 2021-22, prescription medicines cost the NHS in England £17.2 billion. Current policies, like NICE technology appraisal and the Voluntary Scheme, aim to incentivise innovation while ensuring access and affordability. This session explores recent research suggesting that prioritising long-term population health as the central objective of pharmaceutical pricing policy can help policymakers determine fair prices and appropriately distribute value between patients and pharmaceutical companies.

To attend this forum in person or virtually, click here.

Building a policy-focussed global health economics research programme

Wednesday 29 November 2023, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Speaker: Paul Revill, CHE

Discussant: Katherina Hauck, Imperial College London

Discussant: Jo Keatinge, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Over the last decade, CHE has established a research profile in global health economics.  Thanzi is one leading programme that has focused on guiding resource allocation in Malawi, Uganda, and the East Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) region. It was the leading case study that led to the University of York being ranked seventh globally for “partnerships for development” in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.  This talk will reflect upon how economic analysis can guide decisions on health spending reflecting constraints and complexities that exist across health care systems.

To attend this forum in person or virtually, click here.