Why should we consider health equity? The rationale for treating health as a special good rests on the idea that a certain level of health is a precondition for achieving any of the other outcomes… Read More »The role of healthcare in promoting health equity
Efficiency and Equity
Welfare, efficiency, equity and possible conflicts; inequal-
ity and the socio-economic ‘gradient’; evaluating efficiency at system level: international comparisons in the developed world; techniques for measuring equity and inequity; evaluat- ing equity at system level: equity in financing arrangements; evaluating equity at system level: equity in service access and delivery; evaluating equity at system level: equity in the dis- tribution of health; institutional arrangements for efficiency and equity; implications for health care financing and delivery systems in the developed world; centralization and decentral- ization in health care; the role and regulation of markets in developed countries.
Here in the UK, NICE sometimes advises against the provision of particular drugs, by the NHS, on the grounds that evidence does not indicate them to be cost-effective. In some cases it appears that these… Read More »Rationing and deprivation in risk sharing schemes
Recent changes to the NHS raise the potential for health care providers to deny treatment based on an individual’s characteristics, such as their weight or whether they smoke. I think this calls for a reminder of… Read More »The efficiency of treating fat smokers
This month the Equality Act 2010 was accepted by the Department of Health here in the UK, with no amendments. The NHS can no longer discriminate based on age (aside from a few reasonable exceptions).… Read More »Equal care for the elderly: A swing and a miss?