n South African Medical Journal - National Health Insurance in South Africa : relevance of a national priority-setting agency : editorial




Universal health coverage (UHC) has become a comprehensive global aspiration, and many countries have now committed to processes to deliver it. In pursuit of realising this objective, it will be crucial to find ways to contend with the tensions between supply of and demand for quality services, as well as effective interventions in health systems with finite budgets. In doing so, trade-offs are inevitable and the need to set priorities becomes crucial. The World Health Assembly Resolution (67.23) of 2014, to which South Africa (SA) is a signatory, is entitled 'Health Intervention and Technology Assessment in Support of Universal Health Coverage'. It identifies the 'critical role of independent health intervention and technology assessment' in generating evidence to inform prioritisation, selection, introduction, distribution and management of interventions for health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation and palliation.


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