What’s In, What’s Out por
Peter C. Smith
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Peter C. Smith
Vaccinate children against deadly pneumococcal disease, or pay for cardiac patients to undergo lifesaving surgery? Cover the costs of dialysis for kidney patients, or channel the money toward preventing the conditions that lead to renal failure in the first place? Policymakers dealing with the realities of limited health care budgets face tough decisions like these regularly. And for many individuals, their personal health care choices are equally stark: paying for medical treatment could push them into poverty.Many low- and middle-income countries now aspire to universal health coverage, where governments ensure that all people have access to the quality health services they need without risk of impoverishment. But for universal health coverage to become reality, the health services offered must be consistent with the funds availableand this implies tough everyday choices for policymakers that could be the difference between life and death for those affected by any given condition or disease. The situation is particularly acute in low- and middle income countries where public spending on health is on the rise but still extremely low, and where demand for expanded services is growing rapidly.What’s In, What’s Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage argues that the creation of an explicit health benefits plana defined list of services that are and are not availableis an essential element in creating a sustainable system of universal health coverage. With contributions from leading health economists and policy experts, the book considers the many dimensions of governance, institutions, methods, political economy, and ethics that are needed to decide what’s in and what’s out in a way that is fair, evidence-based, and sustainable over time.
Acerca de Peter C. Smith
Peter C. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at Imperial College Business School. He is a health economist who previously served as Director of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York and has published widely on the finance and efficiency of health systems. He has advised numerous governments, including the UK, and several international agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He continues to research economic aspects of health systems and global health.
Acerca de Amanda Glassman
Amanda Glassman is the chief operating officer and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health, and data for development. Previously, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016 and as principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank from 2007 to 2010, where she led policy dialogue, designed the results-based grant program Salud Mesoamerica, and was team leader for conditional cash transfer programs. She has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world.
Acerca de Ursula Giedion
Ursula Giedion is a health specialist with over 25 years of international experience in health systems policy. Since 2010 she has served as a senior consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, where she provides technical assistance to Latin American countries in the area of health care financing and explicit priority setting, and leads CRITERIAa regional network on explicit priority setting and benefits package design. She works with international organizations on issues related to universal coverage, health care reforms, health care financing, benefits package design, and policies to improve the efficiency of health care spending. She has published on a wide range of issues with a focus on health benefits packages and explicit priority setting.
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