1 Health Econ. Pol'y & L. 1 (2006)

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Health Economics, Policy and Law (2006), 1: 1-2 Printed in the United Kingdom
 Cambridge University Press 2006  doi:10.1017/Si744133105001015

Editorial



Health policy is one of the most debated and analysed areas of social policy
internationally, and encompasses a multitude of seemingly disparate but, in
fact, largely interrelated issues. For example, how should we motivate doctors
to improve performance? What is 'performance', and how do we measure it?
What is the impact of antitrust law on provider behaviour? How do we ensure
that we attain the most benefit from our health care resources? What is 'benefit',
why is it defined in the ways that it is, and how do we measure it? Can the
implementation of World Trade Organization regulations produce legislation
that favours public sector health care development?
   More broadly, what are the goals, institutions, policies, reforms, and effects
of health care? Why do they take the forms that they do, and what forms should
they take? What (if anything) can we learn by comparing health care systems?
The list of questions is endless, but most have at least one thing in common:
they can be subjected to economic, political, and legal analyses. Indeed, interna-
tional trends in health care highlight the confluence of economics, politics,
and legal considerations in the policy process, and efforts to encourage cross-
disciplinary understanding are warranted.
   Health Economics, Policy and Law (HEPL), a new quarterly peer-reviewed
journal, is intended to serve as a forum for scholarship on economic, political,
and/or legal considerations in health policy. As such, the disciplinary focus of
the journal is restricted to economics, political science, and/or law. HEPL is
international in scope, accepts submissions on social care in addition to health
care, and aims to bring currency, authority, and accessibility to the reporting
of current research, issues, and debates. The journal will publish material
ranging from original theoretical, methodological, and empirical papers, to arti-
cles surveying the state of the art in specific areas.
   Since we envisage a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and cross-country read-
ership, the journal's articles will be rigorous but mostly non-mathematical,
and, in assessing submitted manuscripts, considerable emphasis is placed on
both clarity of expression and on use of terminology. Manuscripts are also
assessed on their research methods and/or conceptual reasoning, the strength
of the economics/political science/legal content, and, where appropriate, their
originality and policy relevance. The standards and style to which we aspire
are reflected by the Milbank Quarterly and the Journal of Health Policy,
Politics and Law.
   HEPL will publish four types of articles. Occasional guest editorials of up to
2,000 words will normally be published by invitation, although suggestions will
be considered. Debate essays, in part a forum to discuss controversies and
which will occasionally be accompanied by responses, have a word limit of

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