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.

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.

Opening and Closing Plenaries have been Announced!

Opening Plenary: Diversifying Health Economics: Balancing Power and Partnership

Panelists from different parts of the world will discuss their experience of how power manifests in research and policy engagements and what we as health economists can do to enable more equitable partnerships.  Issues will include the choice of topics for research funding, how research partnerships are designed and implemented, and how technical assistance for health policy is provided. Speakers will be invited to offer bold approaches to promoting greater diversity and inclusion across the field of health economics research and its application to policy.

This panel will be moderated by Professor Kara Hanson.

Read more in our Congress Program tab below!

Closing Plenary: Reframing health economics in the context of climate change

Environmental crises, particularly climate change, have profound implications for the health of populations and health systems globally, with disproportionate impacts on low and middle-income countries.  The health sector itself contributes to climate change.  Yet, there has been very limited research by health economists to date on what is now widely regarded as one of the greatest threats to health.

This plenary is a call to action for health economists to recognize the severity of climate change consequences and respond.  It will include a keynote address by Professor Elizabeth Robinson, an environmental economist, who will explore the importance of economists engaging around climate change and related environmental crises.  Two health economists, Professors Martin Hensher and Josephine Borghi, will provide insights into how the discipline can incorporate climate change issues in their research, in a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Paula Lorgelly.

Read more in our Congress Program tab below!

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
4 April 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 congress

Congress registration and onsite participation

*you must register for the main congress first

Registration is now open!

Early bird rates have been extended to 30 May, 2023.

Registration includes pre-congress + main congress and all social events (opening reception, social event, closing reception). Please only purchase additional social event tickets, when you register, if you are bringing a guest!

The cost of becoming  a member and registering is cheaper than registering as a non-member, so we suggest you consider joining IHEA here before registering!




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

We can’t wait to welcome those from all over the world to Cape Town this July!

For updated international flight information, please click here.

There are many hotels with a range of prices (from around $50 to over $200 per person, per night) within close walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Below is a list of recommended hotels, showing their location relative to the CTICC and links to their online reservation systems. Hotels are listed as either $, $$ or $$$ based on their current price per night.

Please be advised that IHEA has not contracted any rooms directly with the hotels listed below and there is no room block. As such, rates are available on a first come, first served basis and IHEA is not responsible for managing these bookings. If interested in any of the options listed below, you can book your accommodations directly with the hotel with the links provided. If you choose, you can also use third party websites who have the potential to offer additional savings such as, Expedia, etc.

IHEA has focused on recommending a few hotels in different price ranges in close proximity to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). There are also a number of hotels that are a bit further from the CTICC, particularly in the nearby V&A Waterfront, which have many shops and restaurants. If you plan to stay in this area, there are regular MyCITI buses that go between the Waterfront and the CTICC.


Hotel Sky Cape TownProtea by MarriotThe Westin Cape Town
3.5-star hotel4-star hotel5-star hotel
Rated 4.2/5 from 1,428 Google reviewsRated 4.5/5 from 466 Google reviewsRated 4.6/5 from 3,795 Google reviews
2-minute walk from CTICC5-minute walk from CTICC2-minute walk from CTICC
The CapetonianPark Inn by Radisson Southern Sun the Cullinan
4-star hotel4-star hotel4-star hotel
Rated 3.9/5 from 1,549 Google reviewsRated 4.4/5 from 1,982 Google reviewsRated 4.5/5 from 2,958 Google reviews
4-minute walk from CTICC7-minute walk from CTICC3-minute walk from CTICC
Hotel is Halal  
 Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence  
 4-star hotel 
 Rated 4.5/5 from 2,154 Google reviews 
 9-minute walk from CTICC 

Cape Town has a secure rapid transit bus system called MyCITI. Details on MyCITI bus routes, timetables and related information can be found here.

More detailed information on airport shuttle services will be provided.

You can also get around via taxi, car hire and other forms of transportation you can learn more about here.

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. To view which countries are currently exempt from obtaining travel visas click here (updated December 20, 2022).

IHEA will provide letters of invitation to support visa applications.

You can read further information about South African visa requirements here.

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.

The hotels we are recommending 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.

To learn more about safety in Cape Town click here.

Cape Town is a modern, cosmopolitan city surrounded by nature. Centred around Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, the Mother City is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning biodiversity, award-winning food and wine, and sheer variety of experiences on offer.
Websites with additional information:

Several prospective delegates have indicated that they would like to explore South Africa or neighbouring Southern African countries before or after the congress.  The largest tour operators recommended by SA Tourism are:

For those interested in a visit to one of South Africa’s National Parks, please explore options on the official website.

Full Congress program

The draft Congress program is now available!

Plenary Descriptions

Panelists from different parts of the world will discuss their experience of how power manifests in research and policy engagements and what we as health economists can do to enable more equitable partnerships.  Issues will include the choice of topics for research funding, how research partnerships are designed and implemented, and how technical assistance for health policy is provided. Speakers will be invited to offer bold approaches to promoting greater diversity and inclusion across the field of health economics research and its application to policy.

Moderator: Kara Hanson

Kara is Professor of Health System Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has spent the last 30 years researching the economics of health systems in low- and middle-income countries.  Her major contributions are in the areas of health financing and the private health sector.  She chaired the recent Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care, and has authored key publications on how strategic purchasing can help to improve health system performance.  Her work on the private sector has sought to understand the opportunities and limitations of using the private sector to extend access to critical public health interventions and, more recently, to the challenges of regulating healthcare markets. She advises national governments and international organisations on health system and financing issues.  Kara is President-Elect of IHEA and chairs the IHEA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.  She holds degrees from McGill University, University of Cambridge and Harvard School of Public Health.


Edwine Barasa, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, Nairobi, Kenya

Edwine is the director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi Programme and heads the Programme’s Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). Edwine is also a visiting Professor of Health Economics at the University of Oxford. Edwine’s interests include health financing; equity and efficiency analysis in healthcare; economic evaluation of healthcare interventions; measuring health systems’ performance; and health system governance.

He provides health financing advisory inputs to the Kenya Ministry of Health, and to several international development organizations, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), focusing on the broader Sub-Saharan African region. He is a member of the advisory board of the Africa CDC’s Health Economic Unit, and a member of the Africa Universal Health Coverage Commission.

As a health economist based in the African continent, and a leader of a research organization, Edwine has been involved in multiple research collaborations that include Global South and North partners.

Robert Gillezeau

Rob is an Assistant Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy in the Department of Management and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough.  He is a Broadbent Institute fellow, co-director of the Canadian Economics Association’s Indigenous Economics Study Group, and a founding member of the Canadian Economics Diversity Committee.

His research focuses on the economic history of the Indigenous peoples of North America and the intersection of discrimination, protest, and state institutions.

Prior to his academic appointment, Rob served as the Chief Economist in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa. He has also served as the senior aide to the Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier of British Columbia.  He received his PhD in economics at the University of Michigan.

Eeshani Kandpal

Eeshani is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and was previously a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her research aims to inform development policy to improve maternal and child outcomes including: the design and impacts of cash transfers to poor households; pay-for-performance contracts to improve health worker effort and the provision of maternal and child health care; and household-level determinants of investments in women’s human capital as well as the varied interactions between gender and social capital, such as the role of peer effects in intrahousehold decision-making.

Eeshani is an active member of the economics profession, serving as a mentor for several efforts to improve diversity in the profession, and is currently a member of IHEA’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. She was born and raised in India and has a PhD from the University of Illinois and a BA from Macalester College.

Environmental crises, particularly climate change, have profound implications for the health of populations and health systems globally, with disproportionate impacts on low and middle-income countries.  The health sector itself contributes to climate change.  Yet, there has been very limited research by health economists to date on what is now widely regarded as one of the greatest threats to health.

This plenary is a call to action for health economists to recognize the severity of climate change consequences and respond.  It will include a keynote address by Professor Elizabeth Robinson, an environmental economist, who will explore the importance of economists engaging around climate change and related environmental crises.  Two health economists, Professors Martin Hensher and Josephine Borghi, will provide insights into how the discipline can incorporate climate change issues in their research, in a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Paula Lorgelly.


Paula Lorgelly

Paula is a Professor of Health Economics at the University of Auckland.  She is a recent Vice Chancellor’s strategic appointment, which is a joint post between the School of Population Health and the Department of Economics.  Paula has held academic and visiting positions in the UK, Australia and Germany.  Her return to New Zealand – the most isolated temperate land mass in the world – has made her acutely aware of climate change and our need to protect and conserve, kaitiakitanga.  Paula has previously explored how the societal perspective could include environmental impact and is currently supervising work looking at the carbon footprint of food purchasing behaviour.

Keynote speaker

Professor Elizabeth Robinson

Professor Elizabeth Robinson joined the Grantham Research Institute (GRI) on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science as its Director in September 2021.  She is an environmental economist with over twenty-five years’ experience undertaking research, particularly in lower-income countries, including six while living in Tanzania and Ghana, that focuses on climate change and systemic risk; and tracking the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and health, oriented particularly around food security and food systems.  She was on the UK Defra Economic Advisory Panel for five years; and in 2019-20, Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health, and Environment. She is currently Working Group 1 lead for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.  Elizabeth previously worked at the University of Reading, the Boston Consulting Group, the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Natural Resources Institute, and the University of Oxford. She has a first-class degree in Engineering, Economics, and Management from Oxford University, and a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University.


Martin Hensher

Martin Hensher is the Henry Baldwin Professorial Research Fellow in Health Systems Sustainability at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research of the University of Tasmania.  He has over thirty years’ global experience in health economics, planning and financing.  He was the senior economic adviser in the South African National Department of Health and in the Department of Health England, before moving to Australia where he spent seven years as a Director in the Tasmanian Department of Health.

Martin’s research focuses on integrating the economic, environmental, and societal dimensions of improving the sustainability of health care systems.  His work integrates health economics with ecological economics to answer questions including climate change mitigation and adaptation for healthcare systems; the future of healthcare in a post-growth economy; and overconsumption and diminishing marginal returns in healthcare.

Josephine Borghi 

Josephine Borghi is a Professor in Health Economics from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Jo is co-convenor of IHEA’s Financing for Universal Health Coverage Special Interest group.  Jo’s research is focused on understanding how low- and middle-income country health systems respond to the incentives generated by different financing arrangements. Jo is especially interested in the potential for health financing arrangements to build health system resilience to climate and other shocks.  Jo spent her sabbatical in 2022 at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, with environmental economists in the Systemic Risk and Resilience group, to explore the interconnections between health and environmental systems and the potential transfer of methods between disciplines. Earlier this year, she organised a workshop on: “Financing climate and health risks – potential for a common approach”.

Pre-Congress Program

If you register for the Congress, there is no additional cost to attend the Pre-Congress sessions on Saturday/Sunday.


2 Day Session

Full Day Session

Half-Day Session

2 Hour Session
9:00 – 17:00Evolution of health accounts to inform health reforms
9:00 – 17:00Immunization Economics Special Interest Group – register here
9:00 – 17:00Introduction to Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Training
9:00 – 12:30Can direct financing for public facilities improve the availability of health products?
12:00 – 18:00Early Career Researcher session
13:30 – 17:00EQ-5D as a measure of population health
13:30 – 17:00Addressing deteriorating financial protection in health: measurement issues and policy responses
13:30 – 17:00People centred, Efficient Health Care Services: Rethinking Sustainable Health Care Financing in the context of the African Unions ALM declaration on domestic financing for health

8:30 – 16:30

Evolution of health accounts to inform health reforms

8:30 – 16:30

Immunization Economics Special Interest Group – register here

8:30 – 16:30

Structuring and adapting health economic models for low- and middle-income settings

8:30 – 12:00

Exploring the “means” to achieve universal health coverage in Africa: research and insights on contributory and non-contributory means of financing health care from low- and middle-income countries

8:30 – 12:00

Economic analysis in support of HIV policy

8:30 – 12:00

Sustainable health financing capacity strengthening in Africa

8:30 – 12:00

Bridging the costing gap: policymaker needs and practitioner approaches

10:30 – 12:30Values and Ethics for Universal Health Coverage in South Africa, Framework and Website launch
12:00 – 14:00Achieving Equitable Service use and Financial Protection Through Health Financing Reforms in the Context of Universal Health Coverage in Low Resource Settings. The Zambian Experiences from initiation and implementation of national health insurance
13:00 – 16:30Gender and Health Economics
13:00 – 16:30Assessing and explaining health inequality and equity in a developing country context
13:00 – 16:30Challenges to Establish Sustainable Health Coverage: What Can Different LMIC Models in Asia Teach Us?
13:00 – 16:30The establishment of HTA for Benefit Package Design in LMIC – using Evidence-Informed Deliberative Processes
14:00 – 16:00Anticipating the potential impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the U.S.: What can be learnt from global experience on the impact of price regulation on patient access and equity of access?
14:00 – 16:00National Health Insurance as the path to Universal Health Coverage in South Africa

14:30 – 16:30

How to get published in academic journals – an introduction

Pre-congress Session Descriptions

All countries need timely, accurate and detailed information about health expenditure patterns to guide health system strengthening reforms. This session will feature a discussion about progress towards institutionalizing health accounts as well as emerging needs and promising new methodologies, targeted towards health accounting practitioners and the health financing technical community. 

The Immunization Economics Special Interest Group welcomes researchers to join a two-day meeting to take stock of the latest evidence and research projects, exchange research approaches and methods, and to discuss research priorities. Topics on the agenda will include costing, value of vaccines, immunization financing, and the use of economic evidence for policy and programming.


Health technology assessment (HTA) is increasingly gaining attention in Africa as an approach to systematic, evidence-based healthcare decision-making incorporating economic evidence. This training workshop will introduce HTA, its methods, and applications and situate it within the context of strategic purchasing and universal health coverage reforms.

Organizers: ThinkWell, Center for Global Development, and KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme

There is growing consensus that channelling funds to health facilities and granting them more autonomy will improve the delivery of primary health care services. In this session, we will explore the evidence about the impact of direct financing for facilities on access to health products, especially essential medicines.

This session will discuss work-in-progress papers of six early career researchers (ECRs), selected via a competitive peer-review process.  Papers will be circulated in advance to session participants.  Senior health economists will provide detailed feedback on each paper, along with general discussion among participants.  Several journal editors will also participate in the session.  The focus will be on recommendations for advancing the work, addressing problems, and preparing a publication ready manuscript.  All ECRs attending the session will have opportunities to engage with senior health economists and journal editors. 

Although most often associated with HTA, the EQ-5D is also a valid measure of population health. When included in health surveys the instrument can be used to explore the determinants of health and health inequalities. This organised session will promote opportunities to undertake population health research using EQ instruments.

Financial hardship is deteriorating in Africa and indeed globally; this session will demonstrate how to estimate financial hardship indicators, present findings from WHO’s Health Financing Progress Matrix country assessments, primarily in Africa, and reflect with an expert panel how to accelerate policies which address deteriorating financial protection.

In uncertain times, the need to ensure that adequate, effective, and efficient financing for healthcare in Africa remains a political priority has never been clearer.  This is the goal at the heart of the African Unions ALM initiative on domestic financing for health. We hear from the organizations tasked with implementing that ambitious agenda, together with member states implementing their own health financing reform agendas.  

This skill reinforcement workshop will cover methods to facilitate the timely and efficient construction, adaptation, and execution of Markov models for health technology assessment and health policy decision-making in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We aim to reinforce health economic modeling skills through didactic sessions, case studies, and panel discussions.

This bilingual session (English-French) brings together diverse country experiences to discuss the latest research on contributory social health insurance and non-contributory/free healthcare schemes. The session facilitates an exchange between African, Asian, and Latin American speakers, explores the politics behind these reforms and how these schemes can be improved to achieve UHC.

The session takes stock of economic analysis in support of HIV policy. It addresses approaches to formulating a value-for-money proposition for resource mobilization, challenges arising from the transition of HIV into a chronic disease, and experiences in applying modelling to inform evolving decision problems of national HIV programs.

The aim of this session is to explore approaches to sustainably strengthen health financing skills and evidence generation in countries across sub-Saharan Africa. This takes into account the needs of policymakers in government Ministries of Health and Finance, the ability of regional and domestic academic institutions to produce graduates and generate evidence, and the funders and modalities of funding behind such capacity building efforts.

To advance primary health care and universal health coverage policymakers rely on researchers and practitioners to estimate healthcare service costs.   However, all costing methodologies have limitations.  This session aims to define a priority agenda to better align costing exercises to the needs of policymakers. 

This session is aimed at Early Career Researchers who wish to learn more about how to get their research published in academic journals. It will include insights from experienced journal Editors, as well as information about resources available, plus a Q&A session.

As South Africa develops HTA to support universal health coverage, the SAVE-UHC Framework, developed by a stakeholder working group and tested in 3 provinces aims to integrate values and ethics into decision making. The session will present the Framework and an update on HTA progress in SA.

COVID-19 has highlighted how gender-unequal many health systems are. Whilst calls to improve gender equality in health and health care are increasing, a gender equality lens and gender analysis, remain relatively neglected in health economics. This session aims to initiate a dialogue on the state of gender in health economics and discuss priority areas for research.  

Inequalities in health and health outcomes are critical global focal areas.  This workshop focuses on assessing socioeconomic-related inequalities and inequities, which are crucial for evidence-based policy to address health system inequities.  The workshop will also introduce the importance of the social determinants of health in explaining socioeconomic inequalities in health.

The SDGs push all countries to achieve UHC by 2030; however, UHC will not be achieved unless sustainable health financing is in place. Many countries have inadequate comprehensive analyses of sustainable health financing. This session explores several health financing models and the respective performance of current UHC in four LMICs.

The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to experience decision making by forming a committee, selecting and using criteria to make trade-offs to develop their own benefits package using HTA. Through this, participants will learn about HTA and how Evidence Deliberative Processes (EDPs) are used as a step-wise approach in optimizing HTA processes.

Zambia is now three years into the implementation of the health insurance reform and an increasing amount of data and experiences are now available. In this session we will review some of the experiences so far, discuss the implications and learning for Zambia but also for other countries in and beyond the region especially for countries that have embarked, or are intending to embark, on similar health financing reforms.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the U.S. contains measures to curb Federal spending on medicines. The impact of these measures is uncertain; in this workshop, we will hypothesise and explore with the audience what those impacts might be and whether we should be concerned about implications for equity.

South Africa (SA) is in the process of establishing a National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), which will be tax funded. The NHIF will purchase health services for all from accredited public and private providers. This session will explore why is taking this path and the range of reforms for its implementation.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are now closed.

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.


Individual abstracts and organized sessions are currently under review.  Abstract and session submitters identified the most appropriate sub-fields for their research, which was used as the basis for allocation to reviewers with expertise in these sub-field(s).


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

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.

To learn more about the 2025 Congress, which is being held in Calgary, AB, Canada, click here!

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