Jon Sussex

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Chief Economist
Cambridge Office


M.A. in economics, University of Cambridge; M.Sc. in health economics, University of York


Jon Sussex (he/him) is chief economist at RAND Europe and co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a collaboration between RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge. He has over 30 years of experience in research and consultancy in the fields of healthcare and life sciences sector policy and economics in the UK and internationally.

He has published on a wide range of topics in these fields, including on options for funding health and social care, evaluation of innovations in health and social care, prioritisation, the role of the private sector in tax-funded healthcare, quantifying spillovers and time lags in medical research, and the regulation of medicine prices. He leads the RAND Europe contributions to the NIHR funded Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Evaluation (BRACE) centre. Before joining RAND Europe, Sussex was deputy director of the Office of Health Economics (London), a management consultant at Deloitte and Touche, and health economic adviser at HM Treasury.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Co-Director, Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR); Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge


  • Colorful capsules on British Pound notes on white background, photo by cogal/Getty Images

    What Are the Practical Considerations for Outcome-Based Payment in the NHS?

    Uncertainty can surround the effectiveness or cost-effectiveness of a new medicine, making it difficult to agree on a medicine's price. One solution to avoid unduly delaying or restricting patients' access is to link the medicine's price to the outcomes it produces in a patient. Despite some barriers, outcome-based payment could offer a “win” for patients, the NHS, and industry.

    Dec 2, 2021 Office of Health Economics

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    Can Primary Care Networks and Models of Vertical Integration Coexist in the NHS?

    Vertical integration with a hospital helps primary care practices that might otherwise have closed to remain in operation. It thereby creates the opportunity for the continued development and improvement of local primary care for patients.

    Dec 7, 2020 The RAND Blog

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    How Hospitals Could Step in to Help Manage GP Practices

    The supply of doctors in primary care, known as 'GPs' in the UK, is falling behind a growing demand for their services, as GPs leave general practice in large numbers. One way to help struggling GP practices could be vertical integration—combining health care organizations operating at different stages along the patient pathway.

    Dec 1, 2020 Health Service Journal

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    Learning from Existing Novel Approaches to Solving the Adult Social Care Crisis Is Better Than Reinventing the Wheel

    The growing gap in the UK between the need for social care for older people and the provision of support arises not only from a crisis of funding, but also from a failure to learn from what is already being done well. Closing the gap might be achieved by learning from creative approaches already being tried and then implementing them.

    Oct 14, 2020 The RAND Blog

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    Health Funding—Finally Something We Can Agree On

    At a time when it has become common to think of the UK as a divided society, there are important questions of policy on which a great many people agree. How to fund the ever-growing needs of the NHS and social care is one such area of agreement.

    Feb 21, 2019 The Health Foundation

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    Tax Funding of Health and Social Care Internationally: Does Hypothecation Help?

    The case for raising much more money to pay for health care and social care in the United Kingdom over the next few years is strong. Earmarking taxes for public funding of health care or social care is worth consideration.

    Jul 10, 2018 The Health Foundation

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    New Options for Funding the NHS and Social Care in the UK: What Can We Learn from International Experiences?

    International experiences show the complexity of policy choices around funding health and social care. What models are most feasible and appropriate to fund the UK's health and social care systems, both among policymakers and the public?

    Oct 5, 2017 The Health Foundation

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    Public Funding of Medical Research Pays for Itself

    Public and charity spending on medical research in the UK stimulates the private sector to spend more on R&D, not less. Each pound of public funding leads to an additional 99 pence investment from the private sector.

    Apr 27, 2016 The RAND Blog

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    Research Funding and Economic Growth

    Publicly funded R&D investment is a coherent policy to support long term economic growth. Our only note of caution is about how far and how fast that growth can be delivered because the evidence we have is out of date and skewed towards the experience of just one country, write Jonathan Grant and Jon Sussex.

    Nov 29, 2011 Research Fortnight