Health Investments for Social and Economic Prosperity

The wealth of our societies is typically described in terms of economic growth, production and income. Yet, people would probably name good health as their most important goal, particularly under the current pandemic circumstances. Economic prosperity is intrinsically dependent on public health. Investments in healthcare and R&D, as well as in other social and health-promoting priorities such as housing, education or nutrition, have a direct impact on economic prosperity. However, the social and economic value of health, although acknowledged, is not prominently recognized, nor consistently measured and, hence, often overlooked. As a consequence, there is an insufficient investment - an issue which the G20 should take very seriously. This panel will discuss the interlinkages of health and wealth. Further, the panel will present recommendations to prioritize health for sustainable prosperity and propose ways to consistently measure the impact of health investments.

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