Evidence-Informed Deliberative Processes for UHC: Progress, Potential and Prudence; Comment on “Evidence-Informed Deliberative Processes for Health Benefit Package Design – Part II: A Practical Guide”

Document Type : Commentary


Cluster for Global Health, Division for Health Services, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Trondheim, Norway


In their recent article on evidence-informed deliberative processes (EDP) for health benefit package decisions, Oortwijn et. al. examine how the different steps of EDP play out in eight countries with relatively mature institutions for HTA-informed processes. This commentary addresses how EDP approaches stakeholder involvement in decision-making for equitable progress towards universal health coverage. It focuses on the value of inclusiveness, the need to pay attention to trade-offs between desirable features of EDP and the need to broaden the scope of processes examined beyond those specifically tied to producing and using HTAs . It concludes that EDPs have contributed to significant progress for health benefit design decisions worldwide and holds much potential in further application. At the same time, this commentary calls for prudence: investments in EDPs should be efficiently deployed to enhance the pre-existing legislative, institutional and political framework that exist to promote fair and legitimate health care decisions.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 01 January 2023
  • Receive Date: 16 July 2022
  • Revise Date: 28 December 2022
  • Accept Date: 31 December 2022
  • First Publish Date: 01 January 2023