Editorial

National Health Insurance in South Africa: Relevance of a national priority-setting agency

Karen J Hofman, Shelley McGee, Kalipso Chalkidou, Sripen Tantivess, Anthony J Culyer

Abstract


With evidence mounting that universal health coverage can be a costly exercise, informed priority-setting will be key to ensuring that public financing for health is used effectively, efficiently and equitably.

Authors' affiliations

Karen J Hofman, PRICELESS SA and Medical Research Council/University of the Witwatersrand Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Shelley McGee, PRICELESS SA and Medical Research Council/University of the Witwatersrand Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Kalipso Chalkidou, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NICE International, Brighton and Hove, UK

Sripen Tantivess, Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Programme, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Anthony J Culyer, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK, and Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada

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Keywords

Universal health coverage; National Health Insurance; Priority setting; South Africa

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2015;105(9):739-740. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.8584

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-09-14
Date published: 2015-09-14

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