Quality (146) Four questions on national commitment to quality of care (2) Quality and quantity

21 July, 2021

"4. In your context, what is needed from health systems leaders to maintain quality essential health services during public health emergencies (for example the current COVID-19 pandemic)?"

Dear All, if I may ask, does improved quality of care necessarily entail decreased quantity of care? If resources are to be directed towards quality, doesn't that restrict quantity? In the COVID environment, there may be a need to prioritize quantity (eg. quantity of vaccinations delivered) which also prioritizing quality of care at the same time. My experience in resource-limited settings suggests that high levels of quality and quantity are both possible to achieve, but it takes a great effort.

Thanks, Sebastian

HIFA profile: Sebastian Kevany is a former consultant with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ireland & USA. Professional interests: Global health security and diplomacy. He is a member of the Catalyst Group for the WHO/HIFA project on Learning for quality health systems. https://www.hifa.org/projects/learning-quality-health-services Email: sk AT diplomatichealth.com