Global Health


Nations throughout the world face ongoing challenges when it comes to health care quality, costs, delivery, and access; disease prevention; and public health preparedness. RAND analyzes these global health issues and offers recommendations to help governments, health organizations, and other stakeholders arrive at better outcomes.

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    A More Physically Active Population Could Increase GDP by Billions

    Nov 5, 2019

    Exercise affects workplace performance, longevity, and the economy. If people walked just an extra 15 minutes each day, the world economy could grow by about $100 billion a year. Gains are attributed to improved productivity and reduced mortality rates, sick leave, and health care costs.

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    How to Reduce Medical Supply Shortfalls During Pandemics

    Apr 16, 2020

    Pandemics present a high risk of medical supply shortfalls. But shortfalls in “hot spot” regions could be reduced by minimizing idle inventory and acquisitions of new supplies in regions where the number of infections is low. A backstop mechanism could help assure these “cool spots” that, if they release supplies and delay acquiring new supplies, they will have priority access in the future.

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