Special Issue "The International Healthcare Industry Supply in a Changing Global Demand"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2017).
2. School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China
Aging of population is a topic of particular significance among the main economies of the world (US, Europe and China) stimulating a change in the structure and composition of domestic healthcare demands. In the case of China, the transformation is even more relevant and impressive: the healthcare demand is rapidly growing and changing because of the significant increase in the middle-income urban class. These dynamics are coupled with a dramatic change in the healthcare industry supply chain that is experiencing significant global reorganization, involving both manufacturing and R&D activities in emerging and mature economies.
This Special Issue focuses particularly on the evolution of the global supply of healthcare manufacturing and research commodities. We envisage to provide an introductory overview of the general trends of the changing global demand for healthcare, with emphasis on those induced by demographic dynamics—in particular, the aging population; to offer a comprehensive analysis of the changes in the global healthcare supply chain that may be generated by both public and private agents.
Specifically, the Issue intends to explore the structure, mechanisms and policies related to the healthcare industry in the US, Europe and China, investigating the interactions that characterize the international organization of production. In this context, we attribute a particular emphasis to a series of issues related to the global healthcare industry scenario, such as the rising competition in high value-added manufacturing and research between Western leaders (US and Europe) and China; the recent Chinese activism in promoting sectorial upgrading policies and international health research networks; and, finally, the increasing tendency on the part of market leaders towards subcontracting the low value-added productive activities to peripheral countries.
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- International Healthcare Changing Demands: The Scenario
- Aging of population and the new demand for health in the US.
- Aging of population and the new demand for health in Europe.
- Aging of population, increase of income and the new demand for health in China.
- Health Industry Global Supply Chain
- Health industry manufacturing in Europe and the US.
- China's entry in the global “Western Medicine” manufacturing and the TCM industry: Production, investments, mergers and acquisitions.
- Emerging countries manufacturing in health: standard productions and subcontracting.
- Science-based research in healthcare industries in the US, Europe and China.
- Transnational research networks in health sectors: The US, Europe and China.
Prof. Stuart O. Schweitzer
Prof. Marco R. Di Tommaso
Dr. Manli Huang
Dr. Elisa Barbieri
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