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The politics and economics of funding and devlivering healthcare

Dr Josep Figueras, Head of the WHO European Centre on Health Policy, Simon Stevens, President of UnitedHealth Europe, and Dr Kevin Woods (tbc), Head of Scottish Executive Health Department and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland, debate the funding and delivery of healthcare.

With debates around health systems dominating much of the world’s political agenda at present there is an opportunity to look carefully at our own healthcare policy and to examine the politics and economics of delivering healthcare in both the UK and Europe.

Issues such as efficiency, effectiveness, responsiveness, and the resolution of health inequalities are central to these debates. The challenge, at least in part, is to find fair, sustainable, and politically acceptable ways of delivering and financing health and healthcare.

Healthcare remains an intensely political issue in the UK. Assessment of health system performance in that context can lead to less rather than greater clarity of how well we are doing.

There is also considerable academic interest in the challenges of healthcare funding and delivery. We therefore expect a stimulating debate, which will cover the universal challenges in funding and delivering healthcare; the relative advantages and disadvantages of differing approaches to funding healthcare in Europe and the UK, and point to possible futures. The debate will also examine how the politics, as well as the technical considerations, of funding and delivering healthcare globally, can be managed in Europe and more locally.


Dr Josep Figueras | talks
Simon Stevens | talks
Dr Kevin Woods (tbc) | talks


Date and Time:

8 March 2006 at 7:15 pm


1 hour



Napier University
Craiglockhart Campus
Glenlockhart Road
EH14 1DJ

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The Edinburgh Lectures
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