Session: Benchmarks of Fairness for Health Care Reform
3351.0: Monday, November 17, 2003: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Benchmarks of Fairness for Health Care Reform
The benchmarks of fairness for health care reform is serving as a policy tool for assessing health system reform in a series of developing countries. Teams of collaborators from Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Yunnan Province of China, and several Latin American countries are adapting the benchmarks to health policy reform processes in their countries. The purpose of the benchmarks is to facilitate deliberation regarding the extent of fairness of existing or proposed health care reforms. There are nine benchmarks, each with a number of criteria that help to standardize what is meant by fairness. An important aspect of the process is to develop an evidence base relating to the extent of fairness of various aspects of health related programs. The first speaker in this session is Professor Norman Daniels, a philosopher with deep commitments to justice in health care, who originated the concepts of the benchmarks of fairness. He will provide detailed insights into the nature of the benchmarks, their philosophical underpinnings, and their potential linkages with health care reform processes, within both countries and regions. The other three speakers, from Thailand, Cameroon and Latin America, will each describe the adaptations of the benchmarks to their country or region. Overall, these presentations will provide an oversight of the movement toward broader uses of the benchmarks in shaping health care reform policies throughout the developing world, with a real possibility of movement in the direction of greater fairness, equity and justice in health care.
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Moderator(s):John H. Bryant, MD
4:30 PMBenchmarks of Fairness for Health Care Reform – An Overview
Norman Daniels, PhD
4:50 PMBenchmarks of Fairness as an approach to strengthening the planning and evaluation in the health sector in Latin America
Walter Flores, BA McommH
5:10 PMBenchmarks of Fairness for Health Care Reform in Thailand – Combining evidence with opinion of the civic group
Supasit Pannarunothai, MD, DTM&H, PhD
5:30 PMUtilization of “Benchmarks” in the evaluation of health sector reforms in Cameroon
Peter Ndumbe, MD, PhD
Organized by:International Health
Endorsed by:Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA