‘Disease outbreak guarantees’—A proposed mechanism for enhancing public health capacity

Friday, June 17, 2016

What if private companies could obtain some coverage to protect their foreign investments in developing countries against crippling infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola?

The possible path to offering disease outbreak guarantees is an idea being posed by two global health researchers who suggest that a mechanism for establishing such an instrument could be tied to investments.

Writing in the Journal of Health Care Finance published online today, global health science and security expert Rebecca Katz, PhD, PhD, an associate professor in Georgetown’s School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Richard Seifman, JD, MBA, an international health consultant formerly of the World Bank, say there is a circular relationship between foreign investments and the ability of a country to fight an infectious disease.

Source: Medical Xpress (link opens in a new window)

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