Conference 2015.12.01.

CEU – CORVINUS Joint Health Policy Seminar Series

Corvinus Health Policy and Health Economics Miniconference Series 2015/6




December 1, 2015 15.30-17.30

Corvinus University of Budapest, 1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 8. Room: 3005


Department of Health Economics, Faculty of Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest

Health Research Group, Center for Policy Studies, Central European University



Background: The strained health care budgets and overstressed health systems have recently recognized the need for formalization of the priority setting processes worldwide. Currently, notions of cost-effectiveness take center stage in most systems with limited discussion for other aspects of decision making. The study “Priority Setting in health care” collected data on decision-makers’ preferences for a set of equity and efficiency criteria in a discrete choice experiment in 16 countries. The survey enables us to explore the preferences of decision makers for different equity and efficiency attributes describing health care interventions and to rank interventions given these preferences. The workshop is going to discuss the most important results of the research project.


 Chair: Petra Baji, Department of Health Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest

15.30   Opening, Prof. László Gulácsi, Head, Department of Health Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest

15.40   Decision-making and priority setting – Framework and introduction of the study

           Francesco Paolucci, Murdoch University, Australia, University of Bologna, Italy

16.05   Decision-makers preferences for equity and efficiency attributes of health care interventions – The case of Spain

           Manuel García-Goñi, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

16.30   Macro-determinants of efficiency and equity consideration in decision making

           Emmanouil Mentzakis, University of Southampton, UK

16:55   Discussion

17:25   Take home message & Closing

Dr. Francesco Paolucci is an Associate Professor at Murdoch University and heads the Health Policy Program in the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. Formerly Reader of Health Economics and Policy at the University of Northumbria Newcastle, Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and Fellow at the Australian National University. Dr. Paolucci has also worked for government, non-government and private sector national and international organisations in the areas of public and economic policy focusing on healthcare systems governance and design, healthcare financing and insurance and decision-making and priority setting in various countries including Australia, Cambodia, Colombia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA. He held visiting appointments from the University of Oslo, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam; the Universitad Complutense de Madrid; and the University of Newcastle. He obtained a PhD. from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam in The Netherlands (2007) with a thesis subsequently published by Springer (2011) entitled “Healthcare Financing and Insurance: Options for Design”.

Dr. Manuel García Goñi is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has acted as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University under the supervision of Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) and Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Visiting Professor of Economics at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. Manuel got his Ph.D. in Economics and MA in Political Economy at Boston University with the field of specialization of Health Economics and Industrial Organization. Since 2004 he has been Academic Secretary and Director of the Spanish Encounter of the Drug Industry that takes place annually at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santander, Spain. Manuel acts also as guest lecturer of Health Economics at Management Center Innsbruck, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, or Hibernia College in Dublin.

Dr Emmanouil Mentzakis is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at the University of Southampton. He obtained his PhD from the University of Aberdeen, UK and then completed a post-doc fellowship at McMaster University in Canada, before taking up a lectureship at University of East Anglia, UK. He joined the University of Southampton in September 2012 as a lecturer.



Baji P, García-Goñi M, Gulácsi L, Mentzakis E, Paolucci F. Comparative analysis of decision maker preferences for equity/efficiency attributes in reimbursement decisions in three European countries. Eur J Health Econ. 2015 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print]

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Mentzakis, E., Paolucci, F., Rubicko, G.: Priority setting in the Austrian healthcare system: results from a discrete choice experiment and implications for mental health. J Ment Health Policy Econ 17(2), 61-73 (2014).

Mirelman, A., Mentzakis, E., Kinter, E., Paolucci, F., Fordham, R., Ozawa, S., Ferraz, M., Baltussen, R., Niessen, L.W.: Decision-making criteria among national policymakers in five countries: a discrete choice experiment eliciting relative preferences for equity and efficiency. Value Health 15(3), 534-539 (2012)