CGD Fellow Discusses Special Journal Issue On Common Goods For Health

Center for Global Development: Common Goods for Health: We Need Them. So How Do We Get Them?
CGD Senior Fellow William Savedoff discusses a WHO-supported “special issue of Health Systems & Reform about ‘Common Goods for Health’ — services which have an enormous impact on health and a clear economic rationale for being financed if not provided collectively … things like environmental regulation, epidemiological surveillance, disaster preparedness, slowing the emergence of anti-microbial resistant diseases, safe roads, and sanitation. The issue analyzes this underinvestment in Common Goods for Health, exposing factors like collective agency problems, externalities, and free-riding, as well as short-term thinking and underestimating risks…” (9/30).