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The Economics of Health for All

Shaping our economies to reflect the World Health Organization’s goal of "health for all" is crucial to preventing, or at least responding faster to, future pandemics. But success will require new economic thinking and efforts to align health, economic, social, and environmental policy objectives.

GENEVA – The world urgently needs a new global framework that emphasizes equity and draws on the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet as the World Health Assembly gets underway, member states’ failure to meet their deadline for a pandemic agreement looms large. Still, this year’s gathering offers some cause for hope, because member states will vote on a resolution on the “Economics of Health for All,” which is deeply informed by the work of the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of Health for All, which I chaired.