Prioritizing Health Care - Tensions and Interplay between Legal, Political, Economic and Professional Perspectives

The prioritizing of health services is a challenge that faces all welfare societies. What should the national health services provide? How will they be financed and which patient groups should get priority when capacity and resources are limited? In this interdisciplinary project, we analyze how the prioritization and allocation of health services are regulated.More specifically we explore 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 prioritization 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. The consortium partners and the international board represent a broad range of expertise and disciplines (law and human rights, philosophy, political science, sosiology, anthropology and medicine). Methodology from law, social sciences, health economics and philosophy will be utilized.