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Below you will find all upcoming webinars, including registration links, as well as information and recordings from past webinars. Webinars are free for members and non-members to attend.

Upcoming Webinars


Friday, September 27, 2019
7:00 AM ET (check your timezone here)
Another take on the efficiency question? Wasteful spending on health -- insights from OECD countries
Speaker: Agnès Couffinhal, PhD. Senior Economist, Health, Nutrition and Population division, The World Bank

Presented by the Health Systems' Efficiency Special Interest Group

In countries of the OECD and beyond, a significant share of health spending is at best ineffective and at worst wasteful. Wasteful spending occurs on services and processes that are either harmful or do not deliver benefits to patients and when costs are incurred that could be avoided by substituting cheaper alternatives with identical or better benefits. For example, one in ten patients is adversely affected during treatment by preventable errors, and more than 10% of hospital expenditures are spent on correcting the resulting harm. Many patients receive unnecessary or low-value care. The potential for generic medicines also remains underexploited in many countries. Furthermore, several administrative processes and costs also add no value at the end beneficiary level. Overall, existing estimates suggest that up to one-fifth of the health spending could be leveraged towards a better use of available resources. In the preparation of their last quinquennial meeting, the Ministers of the OECD countries commissioned a report on this issue which Agnès Couffinhal led the preparation of. In this webinar, she will share the framework developed for that report presentation, some key findings of the report, and in addition, she will also discuss lessons learned from the policy debates that this report has generated.


Friday, October 4, 2019
7:00 AM ET (check your timezone here)

Assessing country progress in health financing: a qualitative approach
Speakers: Mattew Jowet, PhD, Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO - Geneva; Soonman Kwon, PhD, Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University

Presented by the Financing for Universal Health Coverage SIG

Objectives of the webinar:

  • To introduce a systematic qualitative approach to assessing country progress in health financing
  • To understand early efforts, lessons, and results of country implementation


1.   “How do we know if countries are making progress in health financing policy? A new qualitative assessment”
Matthew Jowett, PhD, Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO – Geneva

2.   “An application of the Health Financing Progress Matrix in four countries: Laos, Myanmar, Peru, Tanzania”
Soonman Kwon, PhD, Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University

3.   Q &A
Moderated by Elina Dale, PhD, Health Financing Technical Officer, WHO – Geneva


Past Webinars

Friday, April 5, 2019
Adult vs. Adolescent Preferences for EQ-5D-Y Health States 
Speaker: Koonal Shah, Health Economist and Associate Director at the Office of Health Economics (London, UK)



Friday, March 29, 2019
Health System's performance: how to measure it and why?
Speaker: Zeynep Or, Research Director, The Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics

CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides. 



Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Strategic purchasing for universal health coverage: theory and practice
Speakers: Inke Mathauer; Gemini Mtei; Ahmed Khalifa, Elina Dale (click on the speakers name to access their presentation slides)



Friday, March 15, 2019
"If you don't manage your time, someone else will": Yes, but how?
Speaker: Richard Smith, University of Exeter

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Wednesday, December 12, 2019
Health Results-based Financing at the World Bank – What have we learned so far about Effects, Equity, and Spillovers?
Speaker: Jeffrey Tanner, World Bank

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Friday, November 30, 2018
High Costs in End-of-Life Care: An Alternative Economic Perspective
Peter May, Trinity College Dublin (@petermay_tcd)

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Arrow Award Winner, Marika Cabral
Speaker: Marika Cabral 

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Bridging the Gap Between Research and Policy for Early Career Researchers in Health Economics
Speaker: Diane McIntyre

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