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About iHEA

iHEA’s mission is to:

  • Increase communication among health economists;
  • Foster a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems; and
  • Assist young researchers at the start of their careers.

iHEA was formally founded on May 10, 1994, under the leadership of Tom Getzen who served as the first President, and with the support of Joseph Newhouse, Alan Maynard, Chuck Hall, Mark Pauly and Michael Morrisey, who served as the founding Directors.  Since 1999, regular elections for the Board of Directors have been held.  Tom Getzen was iHEA’s Executive Director from its inception till the end of 2015.

The initial activities of iHEA were limited to the annual Arrow Award, distribution of existing health economics journals, and the annual HEAL newsletter. The inaugural iHEA Congress was held in Vancouver in 1996 with 652 attendees, and the 2nd iHEA Congress in Rotterdam in 1999. Since then, there are biennial congresses, now attended by 1,500 to 1,800 delegates. These congresses soon became the main activity of iHEA, along with increasingly frequent dissemination of information on upcoming health economics events, job opportunities and other news.


Previous Presidents

Thomas E. Getzen, Temple University, 1994-97

Joseph R. Newhouse, Harvard University, 1998

Alan Maynard, University of York, 1999

Mark V. Pauly, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, 2000

Richard Scheffler, Berkeley, University of California, 2002

Peter Zweifel, University of Zurich, 2003

Bengt Jönsson, Stockholm School of Economics, 2004-05

Jane Hall, University of Technology Sydney, 2006-07

Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University, 2008-09

Guillem Lopez, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, 2010-11

Anne Mills, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2012-13

Terkel Christiansen, University of Southern Denmark, 2014-15


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The International Health Economics Association was formed to increase communication among health economists, foster a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems, and assist young researchers at the start of their careers.

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