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Priority-setting in health policy in Sweden and a comparison with Norway
Linkoping Univ, Fac Hlth Sci, S-13150 Saltsjo Duvmas, Sweden.
1999 (English)In: Health Policy, ISSN 0168-8510, Vol. 50, no 1-2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The development of priority setting policies has been an important part of the national agenda for health services in Sweden and Norway during the past 10 years. Both countries have health systems with a pronounced public character and a declared emphasis on equity and solidarity. Both countries have also bad National Priority Commissions that have developed general documents providing advice, but not very detailed guidelines, on how to set priorities, Resource constraints and the rapid restructuring of the health care system were important characteristics forming the background for the National Priority Commission in Sweden (1995). In Norway, the starting point for the first-ever Priority Commission in the world (1987) was how to set limits for health care in a society with rapidly increasing wealth. The second Norwegian Commission (1997) critically reviewed the effects of the general principles for priority setting that have been put forward, and demonstrated the importance to link them to steering tools within health care services. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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1999. Vol. 50, no 1-2
Keyword [en]
priority setting, rationing, health policy, Sweden, Norway
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-49872OAI: diva2:270768
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