The Need for a New Paradigm in Scandinavian Health Economics

  • Gavin Mooney
  • Gustav Tinghög Division of Economics, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University
  • Almina Kalkan Division of Health Care Analysis, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University


This paper argues that the discipline of health economics has lost its way due to its persistent focus on individualistic and consequential values. The paper suggests how this might be remedied in both theory and practice. It proposes a new paradigm for health economics, which focuses on communitarian values. This new paradigm is discussed in the context of the Scandinavian welfare model.