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Basel Congress Livestream

The livestream for the 2019 Basel Congress can be found below - please note that the livestream will appear 'offline' in-between live sessions. To view the stream directly on YouTube click here or on the title link within the video below.

There are a variety of sessions that will be livestreamed during the Congress, to view the sessions for a specific day, please click on the day below. Otherwise, you can scroll through all the sessions that will be livestreamed below.

Please note: All times in Central European Summer Time (GMT +2).

Sunday July 14th

6:00 PM – 7:40 PM

Opening Plenary: Economic Opportunity and Health Inequality: New Insights from Big Data
Raj Chetty (Harvard University)

How can we improve the life outcomes -- from income to education to health -- of children from disadvantaged backgrounds? In this talk, Raj Chetty will discuss recent work that he and his colleagues at Opportunity Insights have done to study this question, drawing upon newly available administrative data. Among other topics, the talk will show how children’s chances of climbing the income ladder vary across neighborhoods, analyze the causal effects of childhood environment on long-term outcomes, and present evidence on inequality in life expectancy across areas both within the U.S. and internationally.  The talk will conclude by discussing policy approaches to improving equality of opportunity and key open questions for future research.

Monday July 15th

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Physician Payment and Pay-for-Performance/Quality
Carl Blankart (University of Bern)

  • Reduced Physician Payments Associated with Less Use of Physician Office Care Among Those Eligible for Both Medicare and Medicaid in the U.S.   Sandra Decker (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality); Xiaotong Niu; Tamara Hayford
  •  Association of Specialist Physician Payment Model with Visit Frequency, Quality, and Costs of Care for People with Chronic Disease: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis.  Amity Elizabeth Quinn (University of Calgary); Alun Edwards; Kerry McBrien; Braden Manns; Flora Au; Robert Weaver; Peter Farris; Brenda Hemmelgarn; Marcello Tonelli; Zhihai Ma; Peter Senior
  •  Multitasking in Pay for Performance. Evidence from Piecewise Linear Contracts. Marcos Vera-Hernandez (University College London); Paul Rodriguez
  •  Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Pay for Quality Initiatives in High-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of Reviews. Helene Eckhardt (Berlin University of Technology); Wilm Quentin


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Special Organized Session: Pay for Performance: Drawing Lessons from Across High, Low and Middle Income Settings
Søren Rud Kristensen (Imperial College London)
Fatimah Mustapha (World Bank); Meredith Rosenthal (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Peter C. Smith (University of York and Imperial College Business School)

Pay for performance aims to improve the quality of health care by creating financial incentives for health care providers to improve measured performance. Over the last two decades, research on P4P has grown into a substantial research field. However, the field has largely separated into two groups. Researchers working on P4P in high income countries and another group of researchers working on P4P in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Few researchers work across the two settings, there is little dialogue between the two, and findings from one context is rarely cited in another. Although differences in context can limit generalisability of some findings, researchers in both camps ultimately aim to understand the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and mechanisms by which P4P may affect the quality of care. The lack of dialogue between the two settings therefore seems to be a missed opportunity for learning.  This session will seek to facilitate the conversation between researchers working on P4P in high, low and middle-income countries and explore the possibilities of drawing lessons from across settings. 


1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Organized Session: Different Drug Reimbursement and Pricing Approaches and Their Impact
Aslam Anis (University of British Columbia)

  • Pharmaceutical Reimbursement Reform in the US – an Evaluation of the Options.  Patricia Danzon (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Understanding Shortages in the UK Generics Market.  Adrian Towse (Office of Health Economics)
  • An Economic Analysis of "Tiered Pricing" Schemes for Generic Drugs.  Aidan Hollis (University of Calgary); Wei Zhang; Aslam Anis; Paul Grootendorst; Javad Moradpour
  • The Impact of Tiered Pricing Framework on Generic Entry in Canada.  Wei Zhang (University of British Columbia); Aidan Hollis; Daphne Guh; Huiying Sun; Larry D Lynd; Aslam Anis; Paul Grootendorst


3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Organized Session: Multiple Funding Flows and Incentives — How Does the Provider Payment Mix Shape Provider Behavior in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?
Chair: Kara Hanson (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Discussants: Joseph Kutzin (World Health Organization); Ayako Honda (Sophia University); Obinna Onwujekwe (University of Nigeria, Enugu); Joël Kiendrebeogo (Heidelberg Institute of Global Health)

  • Multiple Funding Flows Matter: A Conceptual Framework to Assess Financing Flows to Providers and to Develop Options to Align Them. Edwine Barasa (KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme)
  • Links between Multiple Funding Flows and Providers’ Behaviors in LMICs: Lessons from Six Countries.  Fahdi Dkhimi (World Health Organization)
  • Steering of Mixed Provider Payment Systems: What Comes Next?  Rahab Mbau (KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme); Aurélie Klein

Tuesday July 16th

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Financing and Expenditure: Empirical Evidence from Asia (Short Oral Presentations)
Chair: Jui-fen Rachel Lu (Chang Gung University)

  • Primary Health Care Financing Interventions: A Systematic Review and Development of a Stakeholder-Driven Research Agenda for the Asia-Pacific Region.  Blake Angell (The George Institute for Gobal Health); Anna Palagyi; Rebecca Dodd; Seye Abimbola; Stephen Jan; Shankar Prinja; David Peiris; Thomas Gadsden
  • Analysis on the Influencing Factors of Medical Debt Among Middle and Low Income Families in China-Based on Chinese Family Financial Survey.  Jiajing Li (Shandong University); Jian Wang; Mengjie Wu; Chen Jiao
  • When Inequality Is Not Inequity: Intersecting Sex-Related Inequalities in Public Funded Health Insurance Scheme Coverage in Five Southern Indian States.  Jyotsna Negi (George Institute for Global Health); Devaki Nambiar
  • Is Indonesia’s Single Payer National Health Insurance Scheme Associated with Greater Hospital Efficiency? A Data Envelopment Analysis.  Rebecca Ross (Palladium); Arin Dutta; Dr. Prastuti Soewondo
  • Investing in TB: The Case for Increased Public Spending in Cambodia to Improve Health and Household Economic OutcomesShreeshant Prabhakaran (Palladium); Matt Hamilton; Mony Srey; Catherine Cantelmo; Carel Pretorius
  • Service Utilization and Associated Factors: Strategic Purchasing Pilot Experience from MyanmarPhyo Myat Aung (Population Services International)
  • Are Attendees of Strategic Purchasing Clinics Paying Less for Family Planning Services?: Findings from the First Strategic Purchasing Pilot in Myanmar.  May Me Thet (Population Services International); Cho Myat Nwe; Yin Yin Mon


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Special Organized Session: Long-Term Care Financing and Markets
Chair: Sally Stearns (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Presenters: Adelina Comas-Herrera (London School of Economics and Political Science); Naoki Ikegami (St Luke’s International University); Marcello Morciano (University of Manchester)

As the 21st Century progresses, it is clear that the ageing of the population is a global phenomenon which affects not only high-income countries. It is also becoming clearer that the profile of the population who will be needing care and support through health and long-term care systems is changing rapidly, as the population living with multiple chronic conditions (including dementia) and dependency increases. These developments pose a challenge to the separation between health and social care systems found in most developed countries, in particular with regards to financing, entitlements to care and mechanisms to reimburse providers.


1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Student Prize Papers
Chair: Bruce Hollingsworth (Lancaster University)

  • 1st Prize 2018: Your Retirement and my Health Behavior: Evidence on Retirement Externalities From a Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design. Mujaheed Shaikh (Vienna University of Economics and Business); Tobias Müller
  • 1st Prize 2019: Differential Impact of Hospital and Community Factors on Medicare Readmission Penalties. Monica Aswani (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • 2nd Prize 2018: It’s About Time: Cesarean Sections and Neonatal Health.  Ana Rodriguez-Gonzalez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra); Ana María Costa-Ramón
  • Joint 3rd Prize 2018: Pay Less, Consume More? The Price Elasticity of Home Care for the Disabled Elderly in France.  Marianne Tenand (Erasmus University)
  • Joint 3rd Prize 2018: Low-Cost, Limited-Service Private Healthcare Providers: Evidence from Mexico.  Adrian Rubli (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México)
  • 3rd Prize 2019: Stress on the Sidewalk: The Mental Health Costs of Close Proximity Crime.  Panka Bencsik (University of Sussex)


4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Mid-Congress Plenary: Child Health and Human Capital
Janet Currie (Princeton University)

Child health is increasingly understood to be a critical form of human capital, but only recently have we begun to understand how valuable it is and how better to support its development.  This presentation provides an overview of recent work demonstrating the key role of public insurance in supporting longer-term human capital development, and pointing to improvements in child mental health as an especially important mechanism.

Wednesday July 17th

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Organized Session: Three Estimates of the Cost of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Converge at a Global Level: A Review of Methods and Discussion of Their Applications at a Country Level.
Chair: Marcia Weaver (University of Washington)
Discussants: Neil Thalagala (Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka); Alemayehu Hailu (Addis Ababa University); Sayem Ahmed (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research)

  • World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Price Tag for the Health Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): A Country-Tailored Model for Strengthening Health System Performance Towards the SDG TargetsKarin Stenberg (World Health Organization); Odd Hanssen; Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer; Melanie Bertram
  • Costing Priority Interventions for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Benefits Packages in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Disease Control Priorities (DCP)-3 Approach.  David Watkins (University of Washington)
  • Funding and Services Needed to Achieve Universal Health Coverage.  Marcia Weaver (University of Washington); Mark Moses; Theo Vos; Vishnu Nandakumar; Paola Pedroza; Katherine Rosettie; Nancy Fullman; Kelly Compton

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Special Organized Session: Health Equity: Economic Evaluations Shouldn’t Just be About Efficiency
Chair: Paula Lorgelly (Kings College London)
Presenters: Richard Cookson (University of York); Susan Griffin (University of York); Ijeoma Edoka (University of the Witwatersrand)

Cost effectiveness analyses (CEAs) have predominantly focused on efficiency, but equitable distribution is also important for priority setting.  Health policy makers are not just concerned about maximising total population health; they are also concerned about reducing unfair inequalities in health, health care, and financial protection from the costs of health care.  This session will provide an overview of some practical tools for using CEA to address distributional concerns, including real examples from high- and middle-income countries.


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Closing Plenary: Making Health Economics Matter – Stories from the Frontlines
Speakers: Lise Rochaix (Paris School of Economics); Joseph Kutzin (World Health Organization)

Throughout the world, decision-makers face difficult and un-illuminated choices every day.  Health economists labor tirelessly to produce data and evidence that can help.  Yet, too often decisions get made without the benefit of the best evidence. How can we do better?  This session will explore how to address the implementation gap of health economics scholarship, drawing on the experience of Lise Rochaix in working at various governmental levels in France and in Europe and Joseph Kutzin from his work in health financing policy in a wide range of countries and at the international level.

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