Seminar: Health incentives and equity – Empirical findings and conceptual issues

Tuesday, 15th March 2011
Tea served from 5pm, Seminar at 5.30pm
Room 2.09, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Campus.

Harald Schmidt
Research Associate, LSE Health, London School of Economics; Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies in Bioethics, Universität Münster

Chair: Prof Richard Ashcroft
Professor of Bioethics, School of Law, QMUL

Discussant: Dr Stephen John
Research Fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Followed by drinks on the Ground Floor lobby, School of Law

Incentives for health are used for a range of different reasons which include: to promote health; to curb or reduce health care expenditure; to promote workforce productivity; and/or to enhance competition among providers of healthcare. In the best case, programs achieve all of these objectives. But problems can arise when the focus is on particular rationales only, especially where this leads to situations in which not everyone has a fair chance to use incentive programs. This talk reviews some of the lessons that can be learned from the use of incentives in Germany and the US. Empirical data are presented on which income and health status groups most frequently use incentives, and a practical proposal is made for analyzing conceptual questions around who benefits from incentives, and to what extent we should be concerned if not all benefit equally. Some relevant papers can be found here.

This event is open to all and free to attend.
To book your place, please email

CSI Health is a collaboration between King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Economics. It is funded by a Strategic Award in Biomedical Ethics from The Wellcome Trust.


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