Equity in healthcare

Ensuring equitable access to healthcare resources in a context of scarcity 

Health resources are limited and a constant concern for healthcare authorities. This can be exacerbated by events such as epidemiological outbreaks, manufacturing supply problems and changes in economic dynamics, thereby creating tension in the health system. In such instances, scarce resources need to be allocated based on strict prioritisation criteria. It is essential to ensure equity while avoiding improvisation based on approaches of individual institutions or the intuition of healthcare providers in real time. After the adoption of the SAP and in the light of the public health crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the DH-BIO decided to first elaborate a Statement on COVID-19 and vaccination which was published on 22 January 2021. As a second step the Committee is working on guidelines on equitable access to treatment and equipment.

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  • Set up a drafting group

Prepare guidelines for equitable access to treatment and equipment in a context of scarce resources.

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How to ensure equitable access to vaccination during the current and future pandemics? The Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics has made today a number of recommendations.