Equity in Health Care Delivery and Finance
UC Davis Working Paper No. Working Paper #99-11
Posted: 18 Apr 2000
Date Written: October 1999
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
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