Health Care

What’s at Stake for Business

  • Global health issues have risen to the top of the agenda as policymakers struggle to ensure the best quality health care at an affordable price.
  • There are limited opportunities for business to engage with the WHO. Engagement with the OECD on health care issues is critical as the OECD’s work often mirrors WHO priorities.
  • The challenges to health care systems and the implications of non-wage labor costs affect competitiveness and economic growth as the economy is broadly dependent on healthy and active populations and workforces.
  • To address NCDs, governments are looking at ways to further regulate food and beverage products. This may result in sin taxes, labeling, marketing, advertising and trade restrictions.

Current Priorities

  • Encourage the OECD to adopt a multi-stakeholder approach to health care solutions.
  • Promote disease prevention and healthy lifestyles.
  • Demonstrate that business is instrumental in finding innovative solutions for sustainable health care systems and in addressing the urgent health care challenges we face today, such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
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Chair

Vacant

Staff

Helen Medina
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
212-703-5047 or hmedina@uscib.org

Kira Yevtukhova
Policy and Program Associate
212-703-5082 or kyevtukhova@uscib.org

Recent Advocacy Engagement

USCIB is the lead voice for U.S. business within international forums determining health care policies and is:

  • Reinforcing the need for multi-stakeholder initiatives and the central role of science and evidence-based data in developing policy.
  • Making the case that fiscal policy is complex and “sin taxes” is not the best tax practice.
  • Advocating for a holistic approach to assessing the value of medicines.

Who We Are

The USCIB Health Care Working Group is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Working Group aims to support multi-stakeholder approaches to global health policy by providing international organizations with expertise and policy advice on:

  • The broader economic and social consequences of national health care policies.
  • The long-term innovative potential of the health care sector and the broader health ecosystem.
  • The quality and costs of health care labor and technology.
  • The health care related impacts on the capacity of employers to compete and provide jobs and support for their employees.

News Stories

Doctor And Businessman Shaking Hand In Front Of Stethoscope Public Private Collaboration Crucial for Success of Health Reforms (1/17/2017) - Addressing the OECD Health Committee yesterday, Business at OECD (BIAC) emphasized the private sector role as partner both in bringing innovative solutions in health and well-being and in intensifying public-private collaboration with OECD and governments. Ministers from over 35 OECD and partner countries discussed the Next Generation of Health Reforms. This reflects the challenge that […]
un_headquarters_lo-res USCIB in the News: Op-ed in The Hill on UN Funding (1/11/2017) - USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson published a timely op-ed in The Hill addressing calls in Congress to withhold funding for the United Nations.

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Staff Contact:   Helen Medina

VP, Product Policy and Innovation
Tel: 212.703.5047

Helen Medina manages USCIB’s work on product policy, food and agriculture, health care and intellectual property. Prior to joining USCIB, Medina was assistant director for international affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association in Washington, D.C., where she promoted U.S. dairy interests in free trade discussions, including the World Trade Organization Doha Round negotiations. Previously, she was a trade consultant for Consultants International Group in Washington, D.C. and also worked at the U.S. Consulate General in Florence, Italy.
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