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Public Event

Setting Priorities in Health: Cost-Effectiveness, Equity, and More in the Real World

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm ET



  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ole Norheim, Professor and Director of the Bergen Center for Ethics and Priority Setting, University of Bergen


  • Dean Jamison, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington and University of California, San Francisco
  • Joseph Millum, Bioethicist, Clinical Center Department of Bioethics & Fogarty International Center, US National Institutes of Health
  • Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Peter Neumann, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center
  • Carla Saenz, Regional Bioethics Advisor, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)


The global health community strives to ensure that all people, regardless of who they are or where they live, can access quality health services without financial hardship. To meet the health-related SDGs and the commitments laid out in the 2019 United Nations High Level Meeting Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), many more billions of dollars will need to be spent on health. But as donors drawdown development assistance for many health programs, and as domestic funding for health grows at too slow a rate to close the financing gap in most countries, how should finite financial resources be spent to maximize health impact in a way that is ethically and economically justifiable?

The new book Global Health Priority Setting: Beyond Cost-Effectiveness, edited by Ole F. Norheim, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, and Joseph Millum, offers ethical reflections for how to think about priority setting in health in the era of UHC aspirations and provides new actionable frameworks and tools for use in the allocation of health care. Join the Center for Global Development to explore new ethical and economic insights into how money spent on health care can go further and tackle the most important questions that decisionmakers must consider in allocating health resources, centered around new contributions from ethicists, philosophers, economists, policymakers, and clinicians from around the world on setting national and global priorities in health.

Please join us for a reception following the event.

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Executive Vice President of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow

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