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Anthropocene Health Economics: Preparing for the Journey or the Destination?

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posted on 2020-02-28, 00:00 authored by Martin Hensher
This chapter considers the implications of different ecological macroeconomic models for health and health care - "green growth", the "steady state" economy, and "degrowth". It considers health care policy under no-growth conditions (steady state or degrowth), overconsumption in health care, and areas in which health economics will need to adapt to better meet the needs of the Anthropocene era. It considers the challenge of improving the health of the world's poorest people in a post-growth era of ecological constraints. It concludes by discussing the real risk of involuntary degrowth (or collapse), and suggests some institutional measures for health care systems which might provide some protection against the worst impacts of involuntary degrowth.

History

Chapter number

4

Pagination

107-139

ISBN-13

978-1-4875-0616-2

Edition

3rd

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2020, University of Toronto Press

Extent

21

Editor/Contributor(s)

Zywert K, Quilley S

Publisher

University of Toronto Press

Place of publication

Toronto, Canada

Title of book

Health in the Anthropocene: Living Well on a Finite Planet