Other Public Policy

US healthcare reform is frequently on the US presidential policy agenda.

Following the lead from his predecessors, President Obama’s controversial health insurance reform and President Trump’s public acknowledgement for the need for lower drug prices, President Biden has taken up the gauntlet and put the cost of prescription drugs front and centre.

Our new paper explores the evidence currently being used to allocate budgets between public sector activities in the UK and its limitations. We argue that there is much that can and should be done to improve the evidence base to inform the allocation of public sector budgets across portfolios. We propose a pragmatic approach to measure and value disparate public sector outputs in a commensurate manner.

A new paper, published last week in Applied Economics, by Dimitrios Kourouklis, Senior Economist at OHE, looks at the question of whether government funding increases public sector development of new medicines. Looking at public sector drug development in Europe, this paper suggests that government funding does have an impact on the research and development pipeline, particularly at the earlier stages of research for medicines targeting rare diseases.

OHE Lunchtime Seminar with Rafael Bengoa and David Hunter, 14th October 2019. The seminar will discuss policy-level enablers and barriers for implementing large-scale health systems reforms.

Professor Richard Frank will deliver the OHE Annual Lecture 2019 on Tuesday 15th October 2019 at The Royal Society, London.

A new paper by OHE and Health Education England on the value of international volunteers’ experience to the NHS has been published in Globalization and Heath.

‘Cascades of care’ have emerged as an attractive tool for assessing access to care for numerous chronic diseases. Dr Haacker will examine the use of cascades of care across diseases and populations, evaluate the use of cross-sectional targets in disease control strategies (e.g., the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets), and address implications for cost-effectiveness analysis.

Research just published in Public Administration Review, co-authored by OHE’s Professor Graham Cookson, demonstrates that contracting out auxiliary public services may lower the quality of the core service as well as the auxiliary service. Studying NHS cleaning services, the research shows that contracted out cleaning is cheaper but lower quality and leads to worse health outcomes including higher rates of hospital-acquired infections.

OHE Lunchtime Seminar with NHS Improvement Economics Team Members Sarah Karlsberg, Steven Paling and Júlia Esquerré. The seminar will present evidence on where NHS trusts can take practical steps to reduce cancer waiting times. The project won the 2018 John Hoy Memorial Award for the best piece of economic analysis produced by government economists.

In September 2018, Professor Peter Smith delivered the 25th OHE Annual Lecture. The lecture is now available as a publication, which can be downloaded for free.

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