Key factors that influence government policies and decision making about healthcare priorities: lessons for the field of eating disorders

Whiteford, Harvey and Weissman, Ruth Striegel (2017) Key factors that influence government policies and decision making about healthcare priorities: lessons for the field of eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, . doi:10.1002/eat.22688


Author Whiteford, Harvey
Weissman, Ruth Striegel
Title Key factors that influence government policies and decision making about healthcare priorities: lessons for the field of eating disorders
Journal name International Journal of Eating Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1098-108X
0276-3478
Publication date 2017-02-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/eat.22688
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 5
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract Worldwide, the demand for healthcare exceeds what individuals and governments are able to afford. Priority setting is therefore inevitable, and mental health services have often been given low priority in the decision-making process. Drawing on established economic criteria, and specifically the work of Philip Musgrove, key factors which influence government decision-making about health priorities are reviewed. These factors include the size of the health burden, the availability of cost-effective interventions to reduce the burden, whether private markets can provide the necessary treatment efficiently, whether there are "catastrophic costs" incurred in accessing treatment, whether negative externalities arise from not providing care, and if the "rule of rescue" applies. Beyond setting priorities for resource allocation, governments also become involved where there is a need for regulation to maintain quality in the delivery of healthcare. By providing field-specific examples for each factor, we illustrate how advocates in the eating disorder field may use evidence to inform government policy about resource allocation and regulation in support of individuals with an eating disorder.
Keyword Advocacy
Cost of illness
Cost-effectiveness
Eating disorder
Public policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: HERDC Pre-Audit
School of Public Health Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 07 Mar 2017, 00:20:21 EST by System User on behalf of Learning and Research Services (UQ Library)