Global Impact

As global demand for healthcare soars, the Alliance for Global Health and Competitiveness (AHC) is working toward a comprehensive and coherent approach to address policy issues that will enable the best healthcare solutions to reach and improve the lives of patients everywhere.

The Alliance for Global Health and Competitiveness (AHC) is committed to advancing policies and innovative solutions to further strategic investments in healthcare that put the best health technology and therapeutic advances in the hands of patients and healthcare professionals everywhere. This will support healthier patients, stronger economies, and a more stable world.

Expanding health insurance coverage, delivering better preventive and chronic care, and focusing on community prevention is more effective at saving lives and money than implementing any one of these strategies alone.1

Healthcare is a vital part of the global economy, with an estimated 59.2 million employed by the sector across the globe.2

Healthcare accounts for almost $6 trillion of $63 trillion in 2010 global GDP and is expected to grow to $8.5 trillion by 2015.3

When governments and their development partners spend money on preventing illness and promoting good health, they help to reduce the cost of curing people when they get sick – by up to $700 million globally per year for child survival alone.4

Since 2004, the global medical technology market increased by more than 50% to nearly $250 billion and is expected to grow in the coming years.5


  1. Trust for America’s Health. February 2009. Prevention for a Healthier America: Investments in Disease Prevention Yield Significant Savings, Stronger Communities.
  2. World Health Organization. Counting health workers: definitions, data, methods and global results.
  3. World Health Organization. Global Health Expenditure Atlas.
  4. World Health Organization. 2009. Investing in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
  5. Food and Drug Administration. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg remarks at 2011 Export-Import Bank Annual Conference.

The Alliance for Global Health and Competitiveness, LLC is a multi-stakeholder initiative (MSI) of the Business Council for Global Development, LLC.

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