Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 18(2) July 2015 : 36-39.doi:10.12927/hcq.2015.24289
Child and Youth Health

Olly Olly Oxen Free (or Ally Ally in Free): Playing Hide and Seek in Allocating Resources for Child and Youth Health

Mary-Ann Hiltz, Craig Mitton, Neale Smith, Laura Dowling, Matthew Campbell, J. Fergall Magee, Jennifer L. Gibson, Shashi Ashok Gujar and Adrian Levy


There are powerful arguments for increased investment in child and youth health. But the extent to which these benefits can be realized is shaped by health institutions' priority setting processes. We asked, "What are the unique features of a pediatric care setting that should influence choice and implementation of a formal priority setting and resource allocation process?" Based on multiple sources of data, we created a "made-for-child-health" lens containing three foci reflective of the distinct features of pediatric care settings: the diversity of child and youth populations, the challenges in measuring outcomes and the complexity of patient and public engagement.



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