Volume 4, 2018, Issue 1 – Published online: 12 January 2018
The articles published in this issue continue the efforts to identify critical topics for health systems and reform. First, the commentary on “fiscal space analysis” represents a hot topic in global health policy. The four research articles in this issue explore themes of deliberative democracy and priority-setting at the community level in rural Arkansas, using burden of disease analysis and cost-effectiveness to decide on national health priorities in the Philippines, assessing the distributional cost-effectiveness and political feasibility of a tobacco tax in Armenia, and the implementation of breast cancer screening in Brazil’s primary health care centers. These articles reflect Health Systems & Reform’s commitment to research that examines the interaction of technical, ethical, and political analyses in health reform processes around the world.