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.
- 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).
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.
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.