Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage: Applying Principles to Difficult Cases

by Alex Voorhoeve, Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer, Lydia Kapiriri et al.
Health Systems & Reform – Published online: 01 June 2017

13 pp. 1.1 MB

Progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) requires making difficult trade-offs. In this journal, Dr. Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, has endorsed the principles for making such decisions put forward by the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and UHC. These principles include maximizing population health, priority for the worse off, and shielding people from health-related financial risks. But how should one apply these principles in particular cases, and how should one adjudicate between them when their demands conflict?

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