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Double Jeopardy and the Use of QALYs in Health Care Allocation
The use of the Quality Adjusted Life-Year (QALY) as a measure of the benefit obtained from health care expenditure has been attacked on the ground that it gives a lower value to preserving the lives of people with a ...
Another Peep Behind the Veil
Harris argues that if QALYs are used only 50% of the population will be eligible for survival, whereas if random methods of allocation are used 100% will be eligible. We argue that this involves an equivocation in the ...
The Significance of Age and Duration of Effect in Social Evaluation of Health Care
To give priority to the young over the elderly has been labelled 'ageism'. People who express 'ageist' preferences may feel that, all else equal, an individual has greater right to enjoy additional life years the fewer ...
A Report From Australia: Which Babies Are Too Expensive to Treat?
The author examines current practices and attitudes of Australian neonatologists regarding the treatment of low birth weight infants. One intensive care unit adheres to criteria of treatment based on weight and its perceived ...
Age and the Allocation of Medical Resources
How are we to decide where our scarce medical resources are most effectively spent? The notion of a quality-adjusted-life-year has been proposed as a way of doing this. Some economists appear to think that this can be ...
Bioethics and Academic Freedom
The author describes the events surrounding his attempts to lecture on the subject of euthanasia in West Germany in June 1989. Singer, who defends the view that active euthanasia for some newborns with handicaps may be ...
IVF Technology and the Argument From Potential
Singer and Dawson point out that two arguments against abortion, that the embryo is entitled to protection because from fertilization it is (1) a human being or (2) a potential human being, are also used by opponents ...