Impact of Court Rulings on Health Care Coverage: The Case of HIV/AIDS in Colombia
González, Ana Cristina
MEDICC review 2011 Jul; 13(3): 54-7
This article addresses an emerging issue in health care systems: the impact of judicial rulings on public policy regarding financing and delivery of health care services, and the attendant tensions, contradictions and questions. In Colombia, HIV/AIDS patients' use of a legal instrument called tutela, or writ of protection, has produced abundant jurisprudence and prompted health authorities to respond with decisions about HIV/AIDS service coverage that do not consider epidemiologic criteria and sustainability, introducing distortions in the health care system with respect to financing, priority-setting and universality.
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An Act (No. 25 of 1993) to Provide Measures for the Prevention and Containment of HIV/AIDS and for the Protection and Promotion of Public Health and for Appropriate Treatment, Counseling and Care of Persons Infected With HIV/AIDS or at Risk Of HIV/AIDS Infection (The HIV/AIDS Preventive Measures Act of 1993) Unknown author (Australia. Tasmania, 1994)