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The Global South’s Long-Term Challenge of Sustainable Healthcare in the LMICs' Health Systems

Read our latest thematic series, Edited by Mihajlo Jakovljevic, Narimasa Kumagai, and Munjae Lee on 'The Global South’s Long-Term Challenge of Sustainable Healthcare in the LMICs' Health Systems'.

This Collection will welcome all sorts of contributions, coming from Global North and South alike attempting to narrow knowledge gaps in seminal literature and fulfil the vast unmet needs of these communities.

More details of the series can be found here.

Health economics and outcomes research in medical devices

Read our new thematic series, Edited by Lizheng Shi and Mihajlo Jakovljevic, on ‘Health economics and outcomes research in medical devices’.

This series includes research articles and reviews that explore the opportunities and challenges of a wide range of health outcomes research in medical devices from the perspectives of all relevant stakeholders. More details of the series can be found here.


Mihajlo (Michael) Jakovljevic, University of Kragujevac, Serbia


Generic drug crisis in Japan and changes leading to the collapse of universal health insurance

The authors believe an effective pharmaceutical policy equilibrium must satisfy both Japanese public sentiment for quality and copy-cat pharmaceutical manufacturers’ needs for survival in a highly competitive market.

Aims and scope

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation considers manuscripts on all aspects of cost-effectiveness analysis, including conceptual or methodological work, economic evaluations, and policy analysis related to resource allocation at a national or international level.

Budget impact analysis of a digital monitoring platform for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive debilitating condition with frequent exacerbations that have a high burden for patients and society. Digital tools may help to reduce the economic burden for patients and payers by improving outcomes. 

Part of the Priority Setting in Global Health supplement.

What are economic costs and when should they be used in health economic studies?

The authors outline the principles behind economic costs and when and why they should be used within health economic analyses. They highlight that the difference between financial and economic costs and what adjustments are needed within cost calculations will be influenced by the context of the study, the perspective, and the objective.

Editor’s Profile

Mihajlo Jakovljevic, Editor-in-Chief

Mihajlo Jakovljevic M.D. Ph.D. MAE is a health economist who published ~300 papers in refereed journals. His expertise focuses on Emerging Markets and Health Financing sustainability across LMICs countries and the Global South. Over the past twenty years he has delivered plenary lectures and solicited speeches in thirty countries across Eurasia. Affiliated to University of Kragujevac he serves as a WHO EACHR Committee member in an advisory capacity to the Cabinet of WHO Regional Director for Europe, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2021 he became first-ever Elected Ordinary Academician coming from Serbia, at the UNESCO World Academy of Sciences TWAS with its headquarters in Trieste, Italy. In 2022 he was elected to Full Membership within Academia Europaea, London, UK.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.3 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.4 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.916 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.530 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    9 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    189 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
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