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The impact of health economics on health policy in England, and the impact of health policy on health economics, 1972–1997


  • Jeremy Hurst


This paper contains a review of the impact of health economics on health policy in England during the past 25 years. Some health economists have expressed disappointment with the scale of the impact that health economics has had on policy but the record set out below suggests that there is modest cause for celebration. That is not to say that there is cause for complacency. There is still a long way to go before all important health policies are based on sound economics reasoning and evidence. The paper begins with some definitions and background; it covers nine areas of health policy, and health policy making, where past impacts of health economics have been postulated; it covers briefly the reciprocal impact of health policy on health economics; and it concludes with a discussion about the findings.

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  • Jeremy Hurst, 1998. "The impact of health economics on health policy in England, and the impact of health policy on health economics, 1972–1997," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 7(S1), pages 47-61, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:7:y:1998:i:s1:p:s47-s61
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.4730070905

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