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Equity - some theory and its policy implications

Culyer, A.J. (2001) Equity - some theory and its policy implications. Journal of Medical Ethics. pp. 275-283. ISSN 0306-6800

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This essay seeks to characterise the essential features of an equitable health care system in terms of the classical Aristotelian concepts of horizontal and vertical equity, the common (but ill-defined) language of “need” and the economic notion of cost-effectiveness as a prelude to identifying some of the more important issues of value that policy-makers will have to decide for themselves; the characteristics of health (and what determines it) that can cause policy to be ineffective (or have undesired consequences); the information base that is required to support a policy directed at securing greater equity, and the kinds of research (theoretical and empirical) that are needed to underpin such a policy.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2001 the Journal of Medical Ethics
Keywords: Health care systems,equity,horizontal equity,vertical equity,cost-effectiveness
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Economics and Related Studies (York)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2004
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2016 00:05
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/193

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