Equity in Health Care Delivery and Finance

UC Davis Working Paper No. Working Paper #99-11

Posted: 18 Apr 2000

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John E. Roemer

Yale University - Department of Political Science; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Date Written: October 1999

Abstract

How should health services be allocated if we wish to equalize opportunities among citizens of a country for longevity, or quality - adjusted life years (QUALYs)? Equalizing opportunities means leveling off the differences in the objective (say, longevity) due to circumstances beyond the individual's control, but not trying to neutralize differences in longevity due to differential 'effort,' here interpreted as aspects of life style. (Equality of opportunity does not require equalizing life expectancies of Everest climbers and other people.) We argue that equalizing opportunities, so conceived, for health status is the right ethic, and show, using the theory propounded in Roemer (1998), how to compute the allocation of health services in an example.

JEL Classification: D63, I10

Suggested Citation

Roemer, John E., Equity in Health Care Delivery and Finance (October 1999). UC Davis Working Paper No. Working Paper #99-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=214110

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