Dr Susan Cleary
Susan Cleary is an Associate Professor in Health Economics in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Masters’ in Economics (2001) and a PhD in Public Health specializing in Health Economics (2005), focusing on the cost-effectiveness of HIV-treatment in South Africa. Over a twenty-year period, her work has focused on research, capacity development and policy engagement within the broad area of economic evaluation, health care priority setting and universal health coverage. Her long-term intention is to contribute towards the design of benefit packages of health and related services that equitably maximize population health within the available resources in low and middle income country (LMIC) settings. This will require considerations of both distributive and procedural justice. For the former, key areas of inquiry include analyses of cost-effectiveness, health systems affordability and financial risk protection to households from alternative [packages of] interventions. For the latter, areas of interest include the governance of health technology assessment and related priority setting processes. In addition to research, achieving UHC within LMICs will require local health economics capacity. A further intention is therefore to support health economics capacity development through postgraduate teaching at the diploma, Masters’ and doctoral levels.
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