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Global Initiative on Health and the Economy

Global Initiative on Health and the Economy

The Global Initiative on Health and the Economy works to champion good health and good health care policies as vital to advancing economic growth and prosperity.

The Global Initiative on Health and the Economy

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Increasing rates of chronic disease around the world are having an alarming impact on workforce productivity, global development, and economic opportunity. To reverse this trend, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Initiative on Health and the Economy is championing good health and good health care policies to delivery solutions that serve individuals, support communities , and benefit countries by advancing economic growth and prosperity.

What We Do

  • Elevate the importance of investing in health as a strategy for economic growth and sustainable development.
  • Share models for evidence based interventions that curb NCD risk factors and have proven outcomes in increasing health and productivity.
  • Convene decision makers in health, finance, education and urban planning ministries for public-private partnerships workshops.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of employer led workforce wellness programs.

Why We Do It

  • Increasing rates of chronic disease around the world are having an alarming impact on workforce productivity, global development and economic opportunity.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its global network of members and affiliates are key stakeholders in the delivery of healthcare solutions that serve individuals, support communities and benefit countries.

Key Recommendations

Organizational Structure

The global health crisis requires a “whole of government,” a “whole of business,” and a “whole of society” response. Through a better understanding of different strengths and incentives, we can promote platforms that help bring together the public sector, the private sector and NGO’s in a common cause. 

Health Care Financing

Because millions of people across the world are forced into poverty every year when a family member falls seriously ill, it is critical that governments better understand the need for balanced funding systems. This includes using public insurance, access to private insurance, out-of-pocket payments, as well as charity and aid.

Health Delivery Systems

Technology has provided enormous improvements in our ability to deliver health care. Whether applied to the infrastructure of clinics, hospitals, and health care centers, or to the models for delivering health care information and services to rural populations, technology utilization is central.

The Global Business and Health Partnership Activities

Papers and Statements published by the partnership in 2019:

B20 Recommendations

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