New Initiative to Support Priority Setting for Universal Health Coverage

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Universal health coverage (UHC) is now firmly on the global health agenda, and carries with it the ambitious goal of providing “access to key promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health interventions for all at an affordable cost.”  So where do we start?  A critical first step to delivering on the aspirations of UHC is deciding which services and policies to prioritize and make available.  While resources for health care are growing, they are not infinite and hard choices must be made.  

Who Lives? Who Decides? Examining the “How” of Health Care Rationing

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This week, PRI's “The World” is airing a piece on global health care rationing called, Rationing Health: Who Lives? Who Decides?

Motivated by U.S. attention to Sarah Palin’s “death panels” and Arizona’s  recent decision to stop funding certain organ transplants under Medicaid, PRI’s “The World” has taken a welcome global perspective on the problem of health care rationing, featuring stories from India, South Africa, Zambia, and England.

How Plausible Are the Predictions of AIDS Models?

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UNAIDS, WHO, PEPFAR and the Global Fund for AIDS TB and Malaria (GFATM) all depend on long-run projections in order to make the case for increased attention and financing for AIDS.  This dependency is a response to the reality that HIV is a slow epidemic with extraordinary “momentum”.  Even small changes in the course of new infections require years to implement and have health and fiscal consequences for decades thereafter.  According to the UNAIDS web site, “[s]ince 2001, the UNAIDS Secretariat have le

Will Barack Obama Call the World Bank for Advice about Fixing the U.S. Health System?

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Along with positive feedback on yesterday’s post about the Global Fund, GAVI and the World Bank (all from individuals who didn’t want to post a comment publicly), I got one question: “Why did you say ‘self-proclaimed comparative advantage in financing and systems issues’? The Bank obviously has the comparative advantage on those topics.”

How obvious the Bank’s comparative advantage is depends on the answer to the question “compared to what”?