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Sustaining innovation, containing costs and providing equity in health care

Genova, September 13-14, 2019


The 1st Aphec (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 perhaps its 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.



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: Accepted papers will be eligible for a special issue of Health
Economics (

Submission deadline: 31 May 2019
Decisions: 30 June 2019
Registration: 17 July 2019
Workshop: 13-14 September  2019
Submission to the journal: 15 October 2019
Copy to production: 30 April 2020



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


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

for the speakers:

“If you arrive at Genova airport, you can take the bus shuttle VOLABUS departing from Cristoforo Colombo airport to Genova Piazza Principe Train Station. The bus runs every day from 5:00 a.m. to 00.20 p.m and it takes approx. 30 minutes to get to the main railway station. Taxis also run from the airport to the city centre.

If you arrive by train, make sure you get off at the station “Genova Piazza Principe”.

The B&B Hotel Genova (Piazza Acquaverde, 1, Genova GE, is immediately in front of the station (1 minute walking).”

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.

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

Department of Economics, University of Genova

Centre for Health Economics APHEC