Three Case Studies in Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage

Health and Human Rights 18 (2):11-22 (2016)
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The goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) can generally be realized only in stages. Moreover, resource, capacity and political constraints mean governments often face difficult trade-offs on the path to UHC. In a 2014 report, Making fair choices on the path to UHC, the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage articulated principles for making such trade-offs in an equitable manner. We present three case studies which illustrate how these principles can guide practical decision-making. These case studies show how progressive realization of the right to health can be effectively guided by priority-setting principles, including generating the greatest total health gain, priority for the worse off, and financial risk protection. They also demonstrate the value of a fair and accountable process of priority setting.
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Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage: Applying Principles to Difficult Cases.Voorhoeve, Alex; Edejer, Tessa T.-T.; Kapiriri, Lydia; Norheim, Ole Frithjof; Snowden, James; Basenya, Olivier; Bayarsaikhan, Dorjsuren; Chentaf, Ikram; Eyal, Nir; Folsom, Amanda; Hussein, Rozita Halina Tun; Morales, Cristian; Ostmann, Florian; Ottersen, Trygve; Prakongsai, Phusit & Saenz, Carla

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