The IHEA congress, held every second year, is the only global forum for health economists to engage around the latest methodological developments, present recent research findings and explore the implications of this research for health policy and practice.  The IHEA congress includes presentations across the full spectrum of health economics’ fields.

Upcoming Congress

The 15th IHEA World Congress on Health Economics will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 8-12, 2023.  The Health Economics Unit of the University of Cape Town, which is the oldest health economics research centre in Africa, will host the congress.

Click here to view the short congress invitation video and preview some of what Cape Town has to offer!

Please contact with any Congress or abstract submission inquiries.

Congress Timeline

August 2022 Abstract submissions open
6 December 2022 at 23:59 ET Abstract submission closes
Mid December 2022 through January 2023 Abstract review process
February 2023 Program chairs finalize decisions on abstracts
By 8 March 2023 Abstract submitters informed of Scientific Committee decision
31 March 2023 Deadline for registration of those with accepted abstracts
April 2023 Program scheduling
By 8 May 2023 Program released and presenters informed of date & time of session
30 June 2023 Deadline for submission of presentations and e-posters
8-9 July 2023 Pre-congress sessions
Evening 9 July – 12 July Main congres

Call for Pre-Congress Sessions

A program of pre-congress sessions will take place on Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th, 2023 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The sessions provide an opportunity to take advantage of health economists coming together from around the world. These sessions are organized and coordinated by the person or organization submitting the proposal, after review by IHEA and the Local Organizing Committee. Sessions may be open or closed depending on the nature of the meeting, but should preferably be open for congress delegates to join. 

All rooms will be equipped with a computer, data projector, screen and microphone. Flip charts can be made available on request. A hybrid event is also possible for an additional charge. Rooms with a range of seating capacity are available and sessions can be scheduled for two hours, a half day, or a full day. The cost to session organizers is as presented below. Two-day sessions are also possible; the cost is double that for a single day. Mid-morning and afternoon beverages will be provided for all pre-congress session participants. Participants can purchase lunch at one of the CTICC coffee shops or restaurants. These prices are based on the venue hire, IT support and catering costs associated with holding these sessions. Any surplus generated from the pre-congress sessions will be used to assist in covering the costs of the core congress and to keep registration fees for the congress as low as possible. 

Proposals for pre-congress sessions should be submitted using this online form at any stage before January 16th, 2023; acceptance of proposals may close before that date as available space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Proposals should provide the following information: 

  • Name, institutional affiliation and contact details of session organizer 
  • Session title 
  • A description of the intended audience for the session 
  • Session length (Two hours, half day or full day, or two-days) 
  • Required room size, preferred seating arrangements and equipment requirements 
  • Preferred session date (Saturday July 8th or Sunday July 9th, noting that scheduling will be done on a first come, first served basis) 
  • Description of session format (e.g. training workshop, mini-conference with open call for peer-review of abstracts, organized session, meeting, etc.) and whether the session will be open to all delegates or by invitation only 
  • Description of the session content (up to 500 words), indicating the aim of the session, a brief description of the content of the session (either the names of presenters and their presentation topics if an organized session, or the topics on which abstracts will be elicited if a mini-conference) and the structure of the session, including how participation from attendees will be promoted 
  • A 50 word overview of the session that will be posted on the Congress website and in the program 
  • Billing details (name, organization and contact details for invoice) 

IHEA encourages pre-congress session organizers to seek sponsorship to cover the costs of their session, rather than charging participants, to facilitate access to these sessions particularly for congress delegates with limited financial resources such as delegates from low- and middle-income countries, students and early career researchers. Sponsors of pre-congress sessions will be listed on the congress website and acknowledged in the session. 

Overviews of accepted sessions will be listed on the congress website, included in informational emails sent to congress participants and the congress program. Session organizers are encouraged to advertise their session through other websites, and listservs. Congress delegates will have an opportunity to register for these sessions in advance. 

Venue Capacity 2 Hours Half Day Full Day 
35 1,225 1,750 3,500 
50 1,750 2,500 5,000 
70 2,450 3,500 7,000 
100 3,500 5,000 10,000 
200 N/A 10,000 20,000 

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submission are now open! The deadline to submit has been EXTENDED to December 6th at 23:59 PM ET!

Given IHEA’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, including ethical collaborative research practices and fair opportunities to present research, we strongly advocate for the presentation of research by local researchers from the country which is the subject of the research.

Two categories of abstracts can be submitted:

  1. An individual abstract to be considered for inclusion in a contributed oral or poster session, made up of four papers or eight posters on a similar topic.
  2. An organized session proposal including three to four presentations with one or more discussants (please seek a balance of presenters by gender, career stage and geographic location). Click here to download a template for organized session proposals to assist in compiling all relevant information before entering the abstract system.

There is a 500 word limit for the abstract and we recommend using this fully to provide sufficient detail on your research, including:

  • A brief background on current knowledge on the research issue and a clear statement on the contribution of the research or research gap that is being filled;
  • A clear research question or aim;
  • Details of the methods used (methodological approach, data sources, analytic techniques);
  • Key results, even if only preliminary; and
  • Conclusions and implications for policy and practice based on the data and analyses.

You can also watch the video on “Successful Abstract Writing – Tips for the IHEA Congress” here.

If an organized session proposal is not accepted on review, papers within that session will NOT automatically be considered for acceptance as individual abstracts.

You may submit a maximum of two abstracts where you would be the presenter. So, you could submit a maximum of:

  • two individual abstracts;
  • one individual abstract and one as part of an organized session; or
  • presentations as part of two organized sessions

You will be asked to select a health economics field when submitting an abstract, to assist in assigning your abstract to an expert in your field for peer review and for program organization purposes. Please identify the most appropriate field and sub-fields from the following list before submitting your abstract.

Fields and Sub-fields of Health Economics

  • The burden of disease
  • Distribution of health
  • Valuation of health (including human capital, labour market outcomes, wellbeing)
  • Values (preferences, market values)
  • Health outcome measurement
  • Non-health outcome measurement (including capability, wellbeing)
  • Equity in health outcomes
  • Social determinants of health (e.g. gender, education, income, wealth, employment, relative deprivation, financial crises, cultural shocks)
  • Environmental determinants of health (e.g. pollution, natural disasters)
  • Family economics and social interaction
  • Non-medical health promotion interventions and policies
  • Risky health behaviors (alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, opioids, risky sexual behaviors, poor nutrition, etc.)
  • Health enhancing behaviors (exercise, sleep, stress managements, etc.)
  • Behavioral economics and health production
  • Interventions and policies targeting health behaviors
  • Demand for health insurance
  • Demand for insurance for disability and long-term care
  • Demand for health & health care, including for specific services
  • Influences on utilization (including gender, insurance coverage, out-of-pocket payments)
  • Barriers to access (including informational, financial, gender issues, behaviour biases, preferences)
  • Health care labour markets (including education, agency relationships)
  • Care setting (including community-based and other primary care, hospitals, long-term care, integrated care, mental health services, hospice, dental services)
  • Public health services
  • Pharmaceutical products and medical devices
  • Digital health (ehealth / mhealth / telehealth)
  • Genomics and precision medicine
  • Efficient provision of health services
  • Competition and market failure in health care supply
  • System organisation (including private for-profit, not-for-profit, public, mixed, vertical integration)
  • Regulation
  • Quality of care
  • Rationing (including waiting lists) and priority setting
  • Voluntary health insurance, including competition, moral hazard, selection effects, risk variation and regulation
  • Mandatory health insurance, including risk-equalization and pool integration
  • Fiscal space for government funding of health care
  • Financing for Universal Health Coverage, including financial risk protection and reducing pool fragmentation
  • Strategic purchasing, including benefits design, contracting, provider payment mechanisms (including pay-for performance), drug pricing
  • National health accounts
  • Health care spending trends
  • Cost effectiveness analysis
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Resource use and costing
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Decision thresholds
  • Value frameworks
  • Modelling in economic evaluation
  • Equity in economic evaluation
  • Efficiency at the health system level
  • Equity in financing, access and quality of care
  • Distributional aspects of health policy (socio-economic, gender, geographic, etc.)
  • Impact assessment of system wide policy change
  • Theoretical developments
  • Political economy of health care
  • Inclusivity and diversity: decolonization, all forms of discrimination, lived experience
  • Teaching health economics
  • Cross-cutting methods: Econometric developments
  • Cross-cutting methods: Microsimulation
  • Cross-cutting methods: Qualitative health economics research
  • Cross-cutting methods: Stated Preference

In addition to selecting a primary field from the options above, can select one of these if relevant:

  • Maternal and infant health
  • Children and young people
  • Older people
  • Indigenous populations
  • End of life and palliative care
  • Mental health
  • Disability
  • Infectious diseases
  • Non-communicable illness
  • Pandemics

Congress registration and onsite participation

Registration will open in March 2023

Early bird rates until 28 April 2023




Early Bird High-income country

USD 600

USD 880

Early Bird Low- or middle-income country*/Student#/ECR#

USD 380

USD 570

Regular High-income country

USD 770

USD 1,050

Regular LMIC*/Student#/ECR#

USD 500

USD 680

* A citizen of and residing in a country on the World Bank’s list of low- and middle-income countries

# Defined as a full-time student at a tertiary education institution or a person who has graduated within the past 4 years

There are many hotels with a range of prices (from around $50 to over $200 per person, per night) within a few minutes walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). We will upload a list of recommended hotels, showing their location relative to the CTICC and links to their online reservation system.

Cape Town has a secure rapid transit bus system called MyCITI. There are regular MyCITI buses between the airport and the city centre as well as throughout the city. Details on MyCITI bus routes, timetables and related information can be found here. More detailed information on airport transfers using the MyCITI bus or recommended shuttle services will be provided.

Visas are not available on arrival at an airport, so must be applied for from the nearest South African Embassy or Consulate well before travel to South Africa. We will provide lists of countries whose citizens do or don’t need a visa to visit South Africa, where to obtain further information on visa processes, and will provide letters of invitation to support visa applications.

Cape Town is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city where visitors should exercise the same vigilance as in any other major city in the world. This includes avoiding carrying large sums of cash, not having valuables (such as cameras) visible and avoiding walking alone at night.

We are recommending hotels that are within a safe, short walking distance of the CTICC. Some delegates may prefer to select a hotel in the nearby V&A Waterfront which has a large number of shops, restaurants and diverse museums; there are frequent MyCITI buses between the Waterfront and the CTICC. Transport assistance will be provided after evening social events.

Delegates should be vigilant to avoid credit card ‘skimming’ – most restaurants and shops now provide a portable card machine so that you do not have to hand over your credit card. We recommend using the ATMs available within the CTICC.

Congress program

The draft program will be available by 8 May 2023. For now, you can view the overview of the program below.



90 minute sessions (4 long orals or 8 E-posters)

Social events

Pre-congress sessions
8:30 AM – 10:00 AMPrecongress sessions
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMRefreshment break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PMPrecongress sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PMPrecongress sessions
2:30 PM – 3:00 PMRefreshment break
3:00 PM – 4:30 PMPrecongress sessions
8:30 AM – 10:00 AMPrecongress sessions
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMRefreshment break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PMPrecongress sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PMPrecongress sessions
2:30 PM – 3:00 PMRefreshment break
3:00 PM – 4:30 PMPrecongress sessions
6:00 PM – 7:40 PMOpening plenary (Presentation to Student Paper and Early Career Researcher Prize winners)
7:40 PM – 9:00 PMOpening reception
8:30 AM – 10:00 AMSession
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMRefreshment break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PMSession
12:00 PM – 1:30 PMLunch (Members’ meeting)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PMSession
3:00 PM – 3:30 PMRefreshment break
3:30 PM – 5:00 PMSession
5:15 PM – 6:15 PMSIG meetings
6:15 PM onwardsSponsored social and other events
8:30 AM – 10:00 AMSession
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMRefreshment break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PMSession
12:00 PM – 1:30 PMLunch (Mentoring lunch)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PMSession
3:00 PM – 3:30 PMRefreshment break
3:30 PM – 5:00 PMSession
5:15 PM – 6:15 PMSIG meetings
6:30 PM – 11:30 PMMain Social event
9:00 AM – 10:30 AMSession
10:30 AM – 11:00 AMRefreshment break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PMSession
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMLunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PMSession
3:00 PM – 3:15 PMBreak
3:15 PM – 4:45 PMClosing plenary (incl. presentation to Wagstaff & Arrow Award winners and 2025 congress invitation)
4:45 PM – 6:00 PMClosing reception

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee (SC) plays a critical role in IHEA congresses given that the program is based on abstracts accepted through a rigorous peer-review process.  An open call is issued for IHEA members to express their interest in serving on the panel to review abstracts submitted for each congress. Those who have served on the SC Review Panel for at least two recent congresses are eligible to be considered to serve as Program Chairs. There are two to three Program Chairs for each health economics field, who work together to finalize the abstract acceptances (from the review panel scores) and compile individual abstracts into coherent sessions. To be considered for the position of overall SC Co-Chair, an IHEA member needs to have served as a Program Chair for at least two recent congresses.

Members of the Scientific Committee for the 2023 Congress are listed below.

Ana Balsa

Universidad de Montevideo

Paula Lorgelly

University of Auckland/Waipapa Taumata Rau

Funding Partners

Funding partners will play a critical role in the success of the first IHEA Congress to be held in Africa. Please find information on partnership opportunities in this brochure.

For more information and to discuss a funding partnership, please contact Di McIntyre at

Future Congresses

IHEA releases a call for expressions of interest in hosting a congress three years in advance of that congress.

The call for expressions of interest in hosting the 2027 Congress will be issued in early 2024.

Past Congresses

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