The BPI | "la Caixa" Foundation Chair in Health Economics aims to promote research and discussions in the health care area. The Chair is part of the Social Equity Initiative, launched in 2019 by the "la Caixa" Foundation, BPI, and Nova SBE, and intends to create more value for our country's health care sector. It also aims to contribute to a better understanding of Portuguese society and its relation with the health care system and discuss health-focused policies. It will allow the continuation of analyzing new trends and challenges, either through independent impact assessments or analysis to enable a better response by the health system and its policymakers to the population's needs and expectations.
It was awarded to Pedro Pita Barros, Professor of Economics at Nova SBE and Coordinator of the Nova SBE Health Economics & Management Knowledge Center, as a recognition of the work carried out in the Health Economics area and evidenced by his participation in the European Union's Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, as well the work carried in the Mission Board for Cancer, the National Health Council, and the National Council of Ethics for the Life Sciences.
Main areas of interest:
- Equity of access to health care services
- National Health System's Sustainability
- Market dynamics between public and private sectors
- Impact of technology on health care provision
- Human Resources in Health
Under this chair, regular meetings will be held to discuss the evolution of the health care industry, and an annual report, which will have a different topic each year, about the health system will be produced. "Human Resources in Health" and "Aging" were the chosen topics for the first two years.