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It is the lifetime that matters: public preferences over maximising health and reducing inequalities in health

Dolan, Paul and Tsuchiya , Aki (2012) It is the lifetime that matters: public preferences over maximising health and reducing inequalities in health. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38 (9). pp. 571-573. ISSN 0306-6800

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Abstract

Scarce healthcare resources can be allocated in many ways. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK focuses on the size of the benefit relative to costs, yet we know that there is support among clinicians and the general public for reducing inequalities in health. This paper shows how the UK general public trade-off these sometimes competing objectives, and the data we gather allow us to show the weight given to different population groups, for example, 1 extra year of life in full health to someone who would otherwise die at the age of 60 years is worth more than twice as much as an additional year of life to someone who would otherwise die at the age of 70 years. Such data can help inform the rationing decisions faced by all healthcare systems around the world.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jme.bmj.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 14:54
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43284/

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