Defining a Health Benefits Package: What Are the Necessary Processes?

Published on Jan 2, 2016in Health Systems and Reform
· DOI :10.1080/23288604.2016.1124171
Amanda Glassman19
Estimated H-index: 19
(CGD: Center for Global Development),
Ursula Giedion11
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(BID: Inter-American Development Bank)
+ 1 AuthorsPeter C. Smith58
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(Imperial College London)
Abstract—There is immense interest worldwide in the notion of universal health coverage (UHC). A major policy focus in moving toward UHC has been on the key policy question: what services should be made available and under what conditions? In this article we are concerned with how a feasible set of UHC services can be explicitly defined to create what is commonly known as a “health benefits package” (HBP), a set of services that can be feasibly financed and provided under the actual circumstances in which a given country finds itself. We explain why an explicit statement of the HBP is important and then describe a framework that includes ten core elements that are indispensable if a coherent and sustainable process for setting the HBP is to be established.
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