Deciphering the covid-19 health economic dilemma (Hed): A scoping review

Arielle Kaim, Tuvia Gering, Amiram Moshaiov, Bruria Adini

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Lessons learnt from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak indicate the need for a more coordinated economic and public health response. While social distancing has been shown to be effective as a non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the economic costs have been substantial. Insights combining epidemiological and economic data provide new theoretical predictions that can be used to better understand the health economy tradeoffs. This literature review aims to elucidate perspectives to assist policy implementation related to the management of the ongoing and impending outbreaks regarding the Health Economic Dilemma (HED). This review unveiled the need for information-based decision-support systems which will combine pandemic spread modelling and control, with economic models. It is expected that the current review will not only support policy makers but will also provide researchers on the development of related decision-support-systems with comprehensive information on the various aspects of the HED.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9555
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Decision-making
  • Economics
  • Health
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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