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Equity in health: the importance of different health streams

Dolan, Paul and Olsen, Jan Abel (2001) Equity in health: the importance of different health streams. Journal of Health Economics, 20 (5). pp. 823-834. ISSN 0167-6296

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0167-6296(01)00095-9


This paper develops a conceptual framework in which preferences about the distribution of future health gains depend on differences in four ‘health streams’. These are as follows: (1) the amount of health to be gained; (2) the no-treatment profiles; (3) the amount of health experienced thus far; and (4) the amount of health gained previously as a result of public health interventions. This classification puts the well-established concerns for severity (stream 2) and age weights (stream 3) into a more complete analytical framework. Stream 4 has not been discussed to date and the paper suggests some moral arguments about the distributive relevance of this stream of health.

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Additional Information: © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 15:07
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:35

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