Sustaining innovation, containing costs and providing equity in health care



September 13-14, 2019 – Department of Economics, University of Genoa, Italy


Call for papers

The 1sAphec (AdvancedPharmaco&HealthEconomics – Workshop has been organized by the Centre for Health Economics Aphec and will be held at the Department of Economics, University of Genoa, September 13-14, 2019.

The health care industry is experiencing perhapsits most rapid innovation ever. This shift has been driven in part by technology (with new innovations presenting tantalizing value for health care) and by the shift of emphasis from providers and doctors to patients. New technologies have made diagnostic and health care more effective; and medical devices connected to internet are enhancing the functional delivery of care. 

However, this process has increased health care costs to the point that for public health care systems their sustainability in the long run is seriously under question and reconciling innovation with sustainability and equity has become a major challenge for health care systems. 

In this environment, economic analysis plays a crucial role in supporting decision makers by providing insight and informative tools to define new governance models and allocate resources more fairly and efficiently. Furthermore, the huge amount of data available at patient level has shifted the focus of applied research from sample to population data.


The aim of the workshop is to provide solutions to make innovations equitable and sustainable with special reference to new drug and medical devices. The topics that we propose to explore are:

-           drug access (especially innovative drugs) and cost of innovation;

-           equity in access to innovative drugs and medical devices;

-           regulation and governance;

-           pricing strategies for new drugs and medical devices;

-           assessment of innovative policy instruments for new drugs and medical devices using population data.


Format:The workshop will run over two days and comprise around twelve papers. There are no parallel sessions and forty minutes (30 min presentation, 7 min discussion and 3 min floor discussion) will be dedicated to each paper, with presentations by the author and a nominated discussant. The number of participants is limited to around 25 people. Participants are expected to attend the entire meeting and take an active part as either author, discussant or chairperson.

A special issue of Health Economics will publish the best papers presented at the workshop.

Keynote lectures:


  • Professor Joan Costa Font (London School of Economics). (Title, to be announced.)
  • Professor Rosella Levaggi (University of Brescia). (Title, to be announced.)


Scientific Committee:


- Joan Costa-Font (Department of Health Policy and the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science LSE London UK)

- Cinzia Di Novi (Department of Economics and Management University of Pavia, Italy)

- Izabela Jelovac (CNRS - Centre national de la recherche scientifique - Gate Lyon-St. Etienne, France)

- Rosella Levaggi (Department of Economics, University of Brescia, Italy)

- Marcello Montefiori (Department of Economics, University of Genova, Italy)

- Rita Santos (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK)




The deadline to submit a paper is May 31st, 2019. Preliminary versions of papers are accepted, but full papers will be given priority. Papers have to be sent to the following email address in pdf format:

aphec@unige.itAccepted papers will be eligible for a special issue of Health Economics (


Submission deadline:

31 May 2019


30 June 2019


17 July 2019


13-14 September  2019

Submission to the journal:

15 October 2019

Copy to production:

30 April 2020


Memo:Accommodation for active participants for up to two nights is provided by the conference. However, all participants will have to cover their own travel expenses.

Local Organizer: Marcello Montefiori, Lucia Leporatti, Luca Persico, Paola Ramassa

Information: All relevant information will be made available on the conference website ( in due time. You may also contact the local organizers at

Oral sessions with discussants, three presentations in 120 minutes, which include a 30 min presentation, 7 min discussion and 3 min floor discussion. Discussants of the accepted papers will be chosen by the Scientific Committee.


(Department of Economics, University of Genova)

Via Vivaldi 5, 16126 Genova, Italia


Department of Economics, University of Genova

Centre for Health Economics APHEC




Department of Economics, University of Genova Via Vivaldi 5, 16126 Genova, Italia

Genoa , Italien