This is joint post with Ananth Iyer, Susan Bukeley Butler Chair in Operations Management, Purdue Krannert School of Management.
CGD Policy Blogs
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.
The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda calls for a “data revolution,” a new international initiative to improve the quality and scope of statistics and information available to citizens and policymakers.
A recent article shows that removing fees for health care in rural Ghana has no impact on health. These results are strikingly similar to another recent study that found expanding the US Medicaid insurance program in Oregon also had no impact on physical health (my colleague Victoria Fan and I even wrote a similarly-titled blog about it here – Déjà vu!)