Monday, May 17, 1999
OXFORD - The World Health Organization has concluded that the
imperative to provide universal health care requires rationing of health services
in even the world's richest nations, where market-oriented approaches should
be replaced by a "new universalism" managed by the public sector.
"WHO cannot support market-oriented approaches that ration
health services to those with the ability to pay," said WHO Director-General
Gro Harlem Brundtland at last week's launch of the "World Health Report 1999:
Making a Difference." "Not only do market-oriented approaches lead to intolerable
inequity with respect to a fundamental human right, but growing bodies of theory
and evidence indicate markets in health to be inefficient as well,"