Priority Setting for Universal Health Coverage: Challenges and Potential Solutions

Philip A. Musgrove Memorial Lecture

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Ricardo Bitran, PhD, president, Bitran y Asociados


Marty Makinen, executive vice president, Health, Results for Development


Amanda Glassman, chief operating officer and senior fellow, Center for Global Development

Join R4D and The Center for Global Development for this year’s Philip A. Musgrove Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by Ricardo Bitran.

Philip A. Musgrove worked on a broad set of topics in health economics and policy in developing countries. In each, he made major contributions thanks to his keenly analytical mind and implacable logic, along with his dry sense of humor. Setting priorities in health was among Philip’s preferred subjects. While at the World Bank he worked on the World Development Report 1993: Investing in Health. A main and controversial prescription from the Report was that low- and middle-income countries could tackle a substantive part of their burden of disease by delivering a health benefits package of prioritized, cost-effective interventions.

Ricardo Bitran was a colleague and close friend, and is a brilliant health economist in his own right. Ricardo works on the construction, costing, financing, and delivery of health benefits packages in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He has gained insights into a diverse range of policy challenges, from criteria for prioritizing key components, to trade-offs among objectives, such as health status improvement, financial protection, financial feasibility, as well as health services left outside of the packages. Ricardo is a contributing author to CGD’s recently released book What’s In, What’s Out: Defining Benefits for Universal Health Coverage.

A reception will follow the discussion.

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