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CfP session "Resources for health and the health of resources: financing healthcare institutions in the long run", WEHC Paris, 25-30 July, 2021

29-06-2020 15:43

This panel focuses on how financial resources were collected and allocated in order to fund and run healthcare institutions. The aim is to examine which ‘business models’ were better able to meet the large and increasing costs, caused by population pressure and secular trends, and which factors determined the emergence of diverse types of financing healthcare in the long run (14th - 21st cc). Over time public, private and mixed forms of supporting unraveled: historical evidence shows for instance the changing role played by governments, shifting from the ‘minimum State’ before 19th century, to the central function played by the State later, when it became the chief provider of public services including also healthcare. When medical care services were provided to large proportions of the population, costs increased. This was also due to the fact that because technology initially hardly affected healthcare, its productivity increased only slightly, keeping unit costs high, as Baumol masterly proved. Attention will therefore also go to how more advanced healthcare institutions managed to finance and adopt scientific and technological innovations.

Proposals that allow to widen chronologically and geographically this subject are appreciated.

We especially welcome submissions dealing with topics (but not-exclusively):

- Financing and managing health and welfare : modes, practices and institutions
- Profit or non-profit healthcare institutions
- Healthcare for all? Private vs public investments/resources
- Accounting for health: costs, revenues, balance sheet
- Defining efficiency/effectiveness of healthcare service
- Technological change and labour productivity in healthcare
- The impact of healthcare spread on social and economic development

Please send an abstract of max 500 words, together with a short bio (no longer than 1 page) to matteo.landoni[at], marcella.lorenzini[at], jaco.zuijderduijn[at] The deadline for submitting proposals will be 30th July 2020. Acceptance or rejection will be notified by 15th September 2020.


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