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Cole, A., Towse, A., Segal, C.S., Henshall, C. and Pearson, S.D.

Research Paper
March 2019

OHE Research Paper 19/02: The combination of rising drug costs in the US and increasing financial stress for individual patients has triggered intense national concern. One target has come under particular scrutiny: rebates. This paper describes how alternatives to the current US rebate system offer potential risks or disadvantages as well as potential benefits. It outlines the evidence presented to date, and the key questions that still need to be answered.

OHE wishes to recruit well-qualified, highly motivated and energetic economists, with particular strengths in the economics of health technology assessment, health care systems and/or the life sciences industry.

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.

This year, the OHE team published 39 peer reviewed journal articles, gave 58 lectures and conference presentations, posted 22 in-house OHE publications on our website, and hosted 6 lunchtime seminars and our annual lecture.

Smith, P.

Monograph
January 2019

Debate about funding has highlighted the difficulty of persuading sceptics that the NHS is a good use of public finance. There is a widely held view – particularly in finance ministries and some sections of the media – that health systems such as the NHS are ‘black holes’, constantly demanding increased funding without concomitant returns to society.

OHE has published its report to the Charity Commission for the year 2017, its first full year as a registered charity.

OHE Lunchtime Seminar with Dr. Aslam Anis, The University of British Columbia. The seminar will discuss the impact of the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance “tiered pricing” framework (a flexible 'price-cap' regulation) on generic entry, the resulting drug expenditure levels from a drug plans’ perspective and the implications of price-capping policies on drug shortages.

Meet some of the OHE team at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Europe 2018 conference in Barcelona, 10-14 November.

The Office of Health Economics

Briefing
November 2018

This is OHE’s report to the Charity Commission for England and Wales for the year 2017, OHE’s first since becoming a registered charity in December 2016. It demonstrates some of the ways in which OHE has met its charitable objects: namely, to advance the education of the public in general/health care payers/policy makers on the subject of health economics and health care policy.

This new publication sets out the arguments in favour and against the introduction of a hypothecated tax to fund the UK National Health Service (NHS).

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