Toni Ashton is a Professor of Health Economics at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests lie in the field of funding and organisation of health systems from an economic perspective. The series of health reforms that have been introduced into New Zealand over the past two decades have been a special focus of her work. She is also interested in the study of comparative health systems and is currently engaged in three international research projects. She is on the editorial board of five international health journals, has been a member of several government working parties and taskforces, and is co-editor of the book "Health and Public Policy in New Zealand."