publication . Article . 2002

Reducing avoidable inequalities in health: a new criterion for setting health care capitation payments

Hauck, K.; Shaw, R.; Smith, P.C.;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2002 Journal: Health Economics, volume 11, pages 667-677 (issn: 1057-9230, eissn: 1099-1050, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: India
Traditionally, most health care systems which pretend to any sort of rationality and cost control have sought to allocate their limited funds in order to secure equal opportunity of access for equal need. The UK government is implementing a fundamental change of resource allocation philosophy towards 'contributing to the reduction of avoidable health inequalities'. The purpose of this essay is to explore some of the economic issues that arise when seeking to allocate health care resources according to the new criterion. It indicates that health inequalities might arise because of variations in the quality of health services, variations in access to those service...
free text keywords: Health policy, Economic evaluation, Equity (finance), Public economics, Capitation, Actuarial science, Economics, Health care, business.industry, business, Health care rationing, Capitation fee, Resource allocation, RA, HG
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