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Universal health coverage, priority setting and the human right to health

Rumbold, Benedict, Baker, Rachel, Ferraz, Octavio, Hawkes, Sarah, Krubiner, Carleigh, Littlejohns, Peter, Norheim, Ole Frithjof, Pegram, Thomas, Rid, Annette, Venkatapuram, Sridhar, Voorhoeve, Alex, Wang, Daniel, Weale, Albert, Wilson, James, Yamin, Alicia Ely and Hunt, Paul (2017) Universal health coverage, priority setting and the human right to health. The Lancet, 390 (10095). pp. 712-714. ISSN 0140-6736

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30931-5

Abstract

As health policy-makers around the world seek to make progress towards universal health coverage they must navigate between two important ethical imperatives: to set national spending priorities fairly and efficiently; and to safeguard the right to health. These imperatives can conflict, leading some to conclude that rights-based approaches present a disruptive influence on health policy, hindering states’ efforts to set priorities fairly and efficiently. Here, we challenge this perception. We argue first that these points of tension stem largely from inadequate interpretations of the aims of priority setting as well as the right to health. We then discuss various ways in which the right to health complements traditional concerns of priority setting and vice versa. Finally, we set out a three-step process by which policy-makers may navigate the ethical and legal considerations at play.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-lancet
Additional Information: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 12:47
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 02:43
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/68939

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