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Resource Allocation, Financing and Sustainability in Health Care: Evidence for the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector - Volume II

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Department of Health and Economic ans Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Subject Keywords: Reaource allocation and financing in the health sector
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Resource allocation in health care is a method for distributing resources between competing claims in ways that are consistent with health policy priorities (Birch et al., 1993). With changing patterns of disease (particularly the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases) and models of care, most health‐care systems are increasingly focusing on integrating care across all health‐care providers and care settings and devising the resource allocation mechanisms that can support this. Internationally, the concept of population health need is being used to drive the allocation of health-care resources, in contrast to traditional methods driven largely by historic allocations to existing providers and facilities. Ensuring that the incentives facing providers and patients are aligned is crucially important in this regard and it is in this context that the structure of financing, i.e. the way in which resources are collected from individuals, has an important role to play in supporting effective resource allocation and the delivery of integrated health care. In addition, health‐care resources are scarce and increasingly so in recent years; therefore, more efficient use of these scarce resources is required, and this can be influenced by effective resource allocation and financing systems. The purpose of this report is: ‐ to provide a detailed discussion of the theoretical and empirical literature on resource allocation, financing and sustainability in health care; ‐ to evaluate the current systems of resource allocation and financing in Irish health care, and key issues in relation to sustainability; and ‐ to outline an overall framework for health‐care entitlements and user fees that would support the delivery of integrated health care in Ireland.

Date:

09/07/2010

Rights: © Department of Health and ESRI
Suggested citation:

Department of Health and Economic ans Social Research Institute (ESRI). (2010) Resource Allocation, Financing and Sustainability in Health Care: Evidence for the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector - Volume II [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/12558 [Accessed: 12th November 2019].

  

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