Contact usDr Sarah Clark
ESRC Research Associate
University College London
School of Public Policy
The Rubin Building
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Social Values and Health Priority Setting
Jointly led by UCL School of Public Policy, King's College London Medical School and NICE international and in collaboration with a host of international partners, our research project aims to compare the decisions made about resource allocation in health care by different countries, and to explore the differing social values that shape those choices. In the light of our analyses, we aim to develop a set of principles to guide policy makers in any country when facing the ‘values challenge’ of health care prioritisation.
All health care systems are facing the challenge of ensuring that high quality care is provided to the maximum number of people at a cost that the country can afford. This comes at a time when people are living longer, have increasing expectations of what care should be provided, and when the speed of health care innovation continues to offer ever greater options for intervention.
Because no country can afford to provide all its residents with every medical intervention regardless of cost or amount of clinical benefit, all political systems are facing the problem of how to set priorities in the allocation of health care resources. It has long been acknowledged in many countries that technical criteria such as cost and clinical effectiveness inform decisions about resource allocation.
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