Using Healthcare Equity Analyses to Inform Policy-making – A Global Perspective
Stefania Ilinca, PhD
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI
Increasing budgetary constraints in the face of rising demand for health care around the world have led to the prioritization of efficiency in health policy-making. While efficiency is crucial to ensure system sustainability, it is only one of the core policy objectives in health. Governments and communities often emphasize equity and fairness in the distribution of health resources as a core policy goal, but these aspirations are rarely reflected in economic analyses and evaluations of policy impact.
I will discuss how equity analyses can be used both to inform health policy design and to evaluate policy impact exemplifying with recent data from Kenya. Similar approaches can be employed to assess the impact of policies beyond the health sector (e.g., labor market policies in Austria) on income- and gender-based equity in provision and access to (long-term) care. Throughout, I will reflect on remaining methodological challenges, common misinterpretations and potential for social and policy impact in both high- and low-resource settings around the world.
Tuesday, June 25 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, HD 160 1450 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94158