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The contribution of health to the economy in the European Union

Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH

Abstract

Recent years have seen important advances in our understanding of the link between health and economic development in low-income countries, exemplified by the report of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (CMH). Yet this issue has so far received scant attention in rich countries. Is this lack of attention justifiable? We argue that it is not. While the economic argument for investing in health in high-income countries may differ in detail from that in low-income countries, we have found considerable and convincing evidence that significant economic benefits can be achieved by improving health not only in developing, but also in developed countries. At the same time, we point to the existence of significant gaps in our understanding that can be addressed by scholars working in the field.

Additional information

Authors: SUHRCKE M, European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, Brussels (BE);MCKEE M, European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, Brussels (BE);SAUTO ARCE R, European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, Brussels (BE);TSOLOVA S, European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, Brussels (BE);MORTENSEN J, European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 134 pp, free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=ND6805680 (Catalogue Number: ND-68-05-680-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9829-3
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