Equity in the allocation of health care resources

Health Econ. 2000 Oct;9(7):571-4. doi: 10.1002/1099-1050(200010)9:7<571::aid-hec555>3.0.co;2-8.


This paper examines some of the issues that arise when seeking to tackle health inequalities in a context of limited health care resources. Increasingly, central agencies are using devolved budgets for health care providers as a central instrument of expenditure control. Equity objectives play an important role in the resource allocation methods used to determine such budgets. Yet, unless integrated into a proper system of risk management, the use of budgets can lead to serious inequity. The paper discusses the potential contributions of different disciplines to promoting equity within a health care budgetary regime.

MeSH terms

  • Budgets*
  • Capitation Fee
  • Developed Countries
  • Health Care Rationing / economics*
  • Health Care Rationing / methods
  • Health Care Rationing / standards
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Social Justice
  • Socioeconomic Factors*