Universal Health Coverage, Priority Setting and the Human Right to Health

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Benedict Rumbold

University College London

Rachel Baker

Glasgow Caledonian University

Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz

King's College London - The Dickson Poon School of Law

Sarah Hawkes

University College London

Carleigh Krubiner

Johns Hopkins University - Berman Institute of Bioethics

Peter Littlejohns

King’s College School of Medicine

Ole Frithjof Norheim

University of Bergen

Thomas Pegram

University College London

Annette Rid

King’s College London - International Development Institute

Sridhar Venkatapuram

King’s College London

Alex Voorhoeve

Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE

Daniel Wei L. Wang

Queen Mary, University of London

Albert Weale

University College London - Department of Political Science

James Wilson

University College London

Alicia Ely Yamin

Harvard University

Paul Hunt

University of Essex - Human Rights Centre

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Date Written: 2017

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.

Note: Funding: The roundtable was funded by the Wellcome Trust Ethics and Society Panel and held at University College London on 25th-26th June, 2015. Ole Frithjof Norheim’s participation was funded by NORAD through the grant Priorities in Global Health 2020.

Declaration of Interests: There are no conflicts of interest.

Keywords: human rights, right to health, priority setting in health care

Suggested Citation

Rumbold, Benedict and Baker, Rachel and Ferraz, Octavio Luiz Motta and Hawkes, Sarah and Krubiner, Carleigh and Littlejohns, Peter and Norheim, Ole Frithjof and Pegram, Thomas and Rid, Annette and Venkatapuram, Sridhar and Voorhoeve, Alex and Wang, Daniel Wei L. and Weale, Albert and Wilson, James and Ely Yamin, Alicia and Hunt, Paul, Universal Health Coverage, Priority Setting and the Human Right to Health (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3883554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3883554

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Rachel Baker

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Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz

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Sarah Hawkes

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Carleigh Krubiner

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Peter Littlejohns

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Ole Frithjof Norheim

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Thomas Pegram

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Annette Rid

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Alex Voorhoeve

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Daniel Wei L. Wang

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Albert Weale

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James Wilson

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Alicia Ely Yamin

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University of Essex - Human Rights Centre ( email )

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