Health must be put at the heart of economies, says WHO reportBMJ 2023; 381 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p1207 (Published 25 May 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1207
An economics of health for all
Economic policy makers need to take health seriously
Health for All: Transforming economies to deliver what matters
- Jacqui Wise
Health and wellbeing must be seen as the ultimate goal of economic activity and be a key priority across all government departments, not just ministries of health, says a major report from the World Health Organization.1
The report, from the WHO council on the economics of health for all, calls for a fundamental overhaul of national and international systems for financing health so that spending on health is treated as a long term investment, not a short term cost.
It sets out a blueprint which places physical and mental wellbeing for all people as a central goal of economies and not just a stepping stone to other objectives. A fundamental rethink of how value in health …
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