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Health Policy Journal Club, January 2023

The Economics of Health for All

The health policy journal club is an interdisciplinary, inter-professional group convened monthly by the Farley Health Policy Center to discuss timely topics in health policy. A curated selection of high-yield articles provides the basis for discussion. Past topics have included income inequality and health, professionalism in medicine, patients as consumers, and adjusting payment for measures of social risk. This page presents the reading list from the most recent journal club.


  1. Valuing Health for All: Rethinking and building a whole-of-society approach. The WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All. Brief No.3. March 8, 2022. 
  2. Financing Health for All: Increase, transform and redirectThe WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All. Brief No.2. October 26, 2021. 
  3. Governing health innovation for the common good. The WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All. Brief No.1. November 29, 2021. 
  4. Strengthening public sector capacity, budgets and dynamic capabilities towards Health for All. The WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All. Brief No.4. June 30, 2022.  
  5. Counterpoint: Economic Freedom Matters Now More Than Ever. Index of Economic Freedom. The Heritage Foundation. Pages 21-31. [more at https://www.heritage.org/index/about


The World Health Organization established the Council on the Economics of Health for All in 2020 to rethink how value in health and wellbeing is measured, produced, and distributed across the economy. The Council is grounded in three fundamentals: that health and the economy are interdependent; health in itself is a key economic sector and critical to resilience and stability in economies worldwide; and that it is possible to channel and shape public and private investments in health to achieve global cooperation towards supranational goals. These readings include briefs from the Council on measurement, capacity, finance, and innovation as well as a counterpoint from the Heritage Foundation. 


    Political Determinants of Health