Seminar: Value and Cost of Open and Inclusive Decision-Making in Health Financing by Alex Voorhoeve

Monday, Oct 30, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Deering Hall
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205
A new World Bank Report, Open and Inclusive: Fair Processes for Financing Universal Health Coverage (, proposes a novel conception of fair decision processes in health financing. It argues that such procedural fairness can contribute to fairer outcomes, strengthen the legitimacy of decision processes, build trust in authorities, and promote the sustainability of reforms on the path to health coverage for all. As a co-author of this report, Professor Voorhoeve will present its principal arguments and draw on an accompanying set of case studies to consider the circumstances under which these values can be attained as well as circumstances in which attempts to ensure procedural fairness may be very costly, or may fail. 
Alex Voorhoeve is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He studied economics and philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Cambridge University, and UCL. He joined the LSE in 2004 and has worked here ever since, though he has held visiting positions at Harvard (2008-09), Princeton (2012-13) and the National Institutes of Health, U.S. (2016-17). His research covers decision theory, moral psychology, and the theory and practice of fair distribution, with particular application to the allocation of resources for health. He has served on the WHO Consultative Committee on Equity and Universal Health Coverage.