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Mesure de l'équité des modes de financement et de distribution des soins de santé : aspects méthodologiques avec illustration sur l'Irlande

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[fre] Mesure de l'équité des modes de financement et de distribution des soins de santé : . aspects méthodologiques avec illustration sur l'Irlande . par Brian Nolan . Cet article présente les difficultés méthodologiques rencontrées dans la mesure de l'équité du financement et de la distribution des soins de santé. Certaines de ces difficultés sont communes à d'autres domaines de l'économie mais plus complexes demeurent spécifiques, comme celui de trouver une mesure convenable des besoins médicaux. Il est aussi difficile d'établir un lien univoque entre résultats macro-économiques et comportements micro-économiques de production et consommation. Encore plus complexe est le fait que l'évaluation des besoins devrait faire référence à la capacité des patients de bénéficier des soins plutôt qu'à l'importance de la maladie, et à la répartition dans la population de ces améliorations d'état de santé plutôt qu'à l'utilisation des soins médicaux. En effet, beaucoup des soins médicaux proposés actuellement ne sauraient réduire les inégalités de santé, quand bien même ils seraient ciblés sur les catégories socio-économiques les plus défavorisées. [eng] Measuring the Equity of Health-Care Distribution and Funding Methods: . Methodological Aspects with Ireland as Illustration . by Brian Nolan . This paper sets out the methodological difficulties encountered in measuring the equity of health-care distribution and funding. Some of these difficulties are shared by other fields of the economy, but the most complex remain specific to this area, such as the problem of finding a suitable measurement for medical needs It is also difficult to establish a direct relationship between macroeconomic performance and microeconomic behaviour in terms of production and consumption. Yet more complicated is the fact that needs assessment should be based on patients' capacity to benefit from care rather than on the degree of illness, and on the distribution of health improvements among the community rather than on the utilisation of health care. Indeed, much of the health-care currently available would be unable to reduce health inequalities even if targeted at the most disadvantaged social and economic categories.

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  • Brian Nolan, 1997. "Mesure de l'équité des modes de financement et de distribution des soins de santé : aspects méthodologiques avec illustration sur l'Irlande," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 129(3), pages 121-130.
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