Taking Equality Seriously: Applying Human Rights Frameworks to Priority Setting in Health

Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 36, Number 2, May 2014, pp. 296-324

Posted: 30 Mar 2021

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Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics; Harvard University - Harvard Law School; Partners in Health; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) - Center on Law and Social Transformation

Ole Frithjof Norheim

University of Bergen

Date Written: May 2014

Abstract

Health systems communicate and enforce norms relating to equality in many ways, including the ways in which priorities are set at micro and macro levels of decision making. This article examines three common forms of priority setting and how rights-based conceptions of equality may influence them. The relevance of human rights to these processes has grown especially urgent due to the increasing attention that the World Health Organization is placing upon achieving universal health coverage and due to discussion of the post 2015 development agenda.

Suggested Citation

Yamin, Alicia Ely and Norheim, Ole Frithjof, Taking Equality Seriously: Applying Human Rights Frameworks to Priority Setting in Health (May 2014). Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 36, Number 2, May 2014, pp. 296-324, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3796630

Alicia Ely Yamin (Contact Author)

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Ole Frithjof Norheim

University of Bergen ( email )

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