Azusa Sato

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Azusa Sato is a Visiting Fellow at LSE Health and Economic Advisor to the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency at the Ministry of Health in Addis Ababa. She advises the Director General of the Agency on policy and planning decisions, with a view to rolling out social health insurance and community based health insurance to the Ethiopian population.

Azusa has previously worked at the Hungarian Development Bank (Budapest) United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva), and researcher at LSE. She has previously taught the LSE Summer school course on Health, Policy and Management.
Azusa holds BA Economics, MA Population and Development and PhD in Health/Social Policy. Her PhD thesis explored the rationales for traditional medicines utilisation and its impact on equity in Ghana. Research interests are wide but mainly focus on developing countries, and include: health seeking behaviours, health insurance and health expenditures, access to medicines, and inequality.

Alongside, Azusa is editorial assistant for the Health Economics, Policy and Law journal (|).


Sato, Azusa and Costa-i-Font, Joan (2013) Social networking for medical information: a digital divide or a trust inquiry?| Health policy and technology, 2 (3). pp. 139-150. ISSN 2211-8837

Sato, Azusa and Costa-Font, Joan (2013) The hedonic procedural effect of traditional medicines|. Journal of happiness studies . ISSN 1389-4978

Sato, Azusa (2012) Do inequalities in health care utilization in developing countries change when we take into account traditional medicines?| World development, 40 (11). pp. 2275-2289. ISSN 0305-750X

Sato, Azusa (2012) Does socio-economic status explain use of modern and traditional health care services?| Social science & medicine, 75 (8). pp. 1450-1459. ISSN 0277-9536

Naci, Huseyin, Cylus, Jonathan, Vandoros, Sotiris, Sato, Azusa and Perampaladas , Kumar (2012) Raising the bar for market authorisation of new drugs|. BMJ, 345 . e4261-e4261. ISSN 1756-1833

Sato, Azusa (2012) Revealing the popularity of traditional medicine in light of multiple recourses and outcome measurements from a user’s perspective: a study from two regions in Ghana|. Health policy and planning, Online . ISSN 0268-1080

Costa-i-Font, Joan and Sato, Azusa (2012) Health systems futures: the challenges of technology, prevention and insurance|. Futures, 44 (7). pp. 696-703. ISSN 0016-3287