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Valuing Health Systems

Valuing Health Systems
A Framework for Low and Middle Income Countries

First Edition
  • Charles Collins - Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Andrew Green - Formerly at University of Leeds, UK

February 2014 | 356 pages | SAGE India
The underlying themes of this book are twofold: it emphasises the importance of understanding and strengthening health systems to improve a population’s health in low and middle income countries; it promotes the values of equity and the right to health, efficiency, participative and accountable decision-making, and the need for a long-term perspective. These values are examined in relation to governance, policy making and planning, financing, managing, and intersectoral action for health and health service delivery, with a chapter devoted to each. 

By permeating the health system with these values, the authors seek to develop a good health system. This would have access to a level of resources commensurate with the national level of income, and use of these resources in the most efficient way to ensure an equitable and maximized level of health, sustainable over the long term. Moreover, it would empower the health system members in areas concerning their health and contributes towards wider social cohesion and mores.
Setting the Scene

Health Systems: An Overview



Health Policymaking and Planning

Valuing Management

Inter-sectoral Action for Health and Health Service Delivery

Strengthening Health Systems through a Value-based Approach



Charles Collins

Charles Collins currently holds an honorary post at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine at University of Liverpool, UK. He has worked in Colombia at Escuela Superior de Administración Pública and Universidad del Valle, and at (now) Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds, UK.  He has also worked in countries of Asia and Africa on a short-term basis.  More About Author

Andrew Green

Andrew Green holds an honorary professorial appointment at University of Leeds from which he retired in 2012. He has worked in a number of countries in Asia and Africa on a short- and long-term basis, including as Head of Planning for the Ministry of Health in Swaziland.  He also worked as a health planner in the British NHS for two years before joining Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development at University of Leeds which he led for many years and where he researched and taught in the fields of health policy and planning. More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132107248