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Health Policy Plan. 2000 Mar;15(1):110-5.

A critical review of 'a critical review': the methodology of the 1993 World Development Report, 'Investing in Health'.

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World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.


Since its publication in 1993, the World Bank's World Development Report, Investing in Health, has been subjected to much criticism, particularly over the way it proposes to measure the health losses summarized in the concept of the 'burden of disease', and to establish priorities for health interventions according to the reduction in mortality and disability they could produce and what they would cost. Some of these criticisms are justified, and are recognized by the WDR; others arise from misunderstanding or misapplication of the concepts. Sifting these criticisms to arrive at a better understanding requires looking at what kind of analysis is involved, how the subjective elements of the exercise were determined, and how they can be used to choose which interventions deserve priority when a country cannot meet all its citizens' health needs.

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