Ética y salud pública: Definición de prioridades en la reforma sanitaria mexicana

Translated title of the contribution: Ethics and public health: Definition of priorities in the mexican health reform

Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Julio Frenk

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to discuss one of the most common ethical predicaments faced by public health practitio-ners: the distribution of limited resources for health. The question we address is the following: If there are limited resources to provide necessary health care, how can we reasonably establish priorities? We discuss this question using as reference a real-life situation, which was the establishment of priorities in the design of a package of high-cost interventions for Seguro Popular in Mexico, a public insurance scheme that extended social protection in health to over 50 million people between 2003 and 2018. The main conclusion of this paper is that the use of explicit ethical assumptions in the design of public policies contribute to their acceptability and eventual success.

Translated title of the contributionEthics and public health: Definition of priorities in the mexican health reform
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)189-194
Number of pages6
JournalActa Bioethica
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Definition of health priorities
  • Ethics
  • Health reform
  • Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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