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Tackling Regional Health Inequalities in France by Resource Allocation

Martine Bellanger
Alain Jourdain
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This article aims to evaluate the results of two different approaches underlying the attempts to reduce health inequalities in France. In the 'instrumental' approach, resource allocation is based on an indicator to assess the well-being or the quality of life associated with healthcare provision, the argument being that additional resources would respond to needs that could then be treated quickly and efficiently. This governs the distribution of regional hospital budgets. In the second approach, health professionals and users in a given region are involved in a consensus process to define those priorities to be included in programme formulation. This 'procedural' approach is employed in the case of the regional health programmes. In this second approach, the evaluation of the results runs parallel with an analysis of the process using Rawlsian principles, whereas the first approach is based on the classical economic model. At this stage, a pragmatic analysis based on both the comparison of regional hospital budgets during the period 1992-2003 (calculated using a 'RAWP [resource allocation working party]-like' formula) and the evolution of regional health policies through the evaluation of programmes for the prevention of suicide, alcohol-related diseases and cancers provides a partial assessment of the impact of the two types of approaches, the second having a greater effect on the reduction of regional inequalities.
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hal-03866250 , version 1 (22-11-2022)



Martine Bellanger, Alain Jourdain. Tackling Regional Health Inequalities in France by Resource Allocation. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 2004, 3 (4), pp.243-250. ⟨10.2165/00148365-200403040-00007⟩. ⟨hal-03866250⟩


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