Equity in healthcare
Ensuring equitable access to vaccine, medicinal products and medical equipment 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 healthcare resources need to be allocated based on strict prioritisation criteria. It is essential to ensure an equitable access 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 CDBIO decided to first elaborate a Statement on COVID-19 and vaccination which was published on 22 January 2021. As a second step the Steering Committee for Human Rights in the fields of Biomedicine and Health is working on a Recommendation on equitable access to medicinal products and medical equipment in a situation of shortage.
Ensuring that priorities in accessing scarce healthcare resources are set consistently and with respect for human dignity and the protection of human rights.
Ensuring that priorities in accessing scarce healthcare resources are set consistently and with respect for human dignity and the protection of human rights. This work aims to develop common principles to assist policymakers in ensuring an equitable access in case of shortages and scarcity of vaccines, medicinal products and equipment while safeguarding human rights in biomedicine. The CDBIO intends to provide member States with substantive and procedural principles to ensure a practical contribution, considering differences in member States’ healthcare resources and that some persons are systematically disadvantaged in accessing healthcare.
- Set up a drafting group
Prepare a Recommendation on equitable access to scarce medicinal products and medical equipment in a situation of shortage.