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Table 1 Criteria for priority setting

From: Ethical priority setting for universal health coverage: challenges in deciding upon fair distribution of health services

Accepted criteria Unacceptable criteria Contested criteria
Cost-effectiveness Gender Size of the population affected (rarity)
Priority to the worse-off Race Size of the benefit (very small benefits are ‘irrelevant’)
Financial risk protection Ethnicity Age
  Religion Responsibility for own health
  Sexual orientation  
  Social status  
  Area of residence