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Workshop on equity in health care attracts international economists

01 Dec 2009

Canadian and international health economists will gather at McMaster University this week to discuss the challenges of inequalities in health and health care use.

A one-and-a-half-day workshop entitled Equity in Health and Health Care Utilization, organized under the direction of CHEPA Associate Director Michel Grignon, will take place on Dec. 3 and 4.

A series of papers will be presented and discussed with the goal of building bridges between health economists involved in the measurement of equity and its causes and health policy experts and policymakers.

Keynote addresses will be given by economist and political scientist John Roemer of Yale University, and Pedro Rosa Dias from The University of York in the United Kingdom.

Roemer is the Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale, and a fellow of the Econometric Society, an international society for the advancement of economic theory in its relation to statistics and mathematics. Roemer’s research focuses on political economy and distributive justice. He has a degree in mathematics from Harvard University, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rosa Dias is a research fellow with the University of York’s Centre of Health Economics, one of the largest health economics research centres in the world, which is known particularly for its work in health technology assessment, health status measurement, performance measurement and productivity, health care financing, and econometric methodology.

Roemer and Adalsteinn Brown, assistant deputy minister for the Health System Strategy Division of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, will provide closing remarks at the end of the workshop, on pending issues and next steps related to the inequalities in health care use and social inequalities in health.

About 30 people are expected to take part in the workshop.

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