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Prioritizing Health Care

Tensions and Interplay between Legal, Political, Economic and Professional Perspectives.

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(text below is from the Norwegian Research Council website)

Prioritization and distribution of healthcare services represent multiple challenges to welfare systems. This study uses multidisciplinary and empirically grounded analysis of how prioritization and distribution of healthcare services is regulated, and ex plores the regulation of prioritization of healthcare services by means of legal, political, economic, administrative and professional instruments. What is the specific content and purpose of the different instruments regulating distribution and prioritiz ation of healthcare services? Do they produce similar interpretations of relevant concerns, clinical outcomes and coherent concepts of fairness?

To make comparisons possible, the researchers focus on cardiovascular medicine with a particular attention on the distributive impact on elderly and socioeconomic disadvantaged patients: Module 1) Legal analysis of the legal sources and framework regulating access to and distribution of specialist healthcare services, including cardiovascular examinations and t reatment, and empirical analyses of how different actors interpret and apply the legal regulation. Module 2) Empirical and normative investigation of political, bureaucratic and professional instruments in general and in the particular field of cardiov ascular medicine. Module 3) Comparison and integrated analysis of how the various regulating instruments interplay with each other and function as a whole, and how they facilitate fairness in healthcare prioritization and distribution.

The consortium partners and the international board represent a broad range of expertise and disciplines (law and human rights, philosophy, political science, anthropology and medicine). Methodology from law, social sciences, health economics and philosophy will be utiliz ed, and the project will benefit from empirical as well as normative approaches and analytical frameworks.

Funding source: The Norwegian Research Council