Benefit and Cost Analysis in Geriatric Care: Turning Age Discrimination Into Health Policy
New England Journal of Medicine. 1984 May 17; 310(20): 1294-1301.
Escalating medical costs and an accelerating demand for care by an aging population have stimulated interest in applying the methods of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis to health policy decisions on resource allocation. Avorn describes the different schools of thought that have emerged on how to measure the benefits or outcomes of health care. He argues that there are hidden value assumptions in each of the approaches which virtually guarantee an antigeriatric bias to their purportedly objective data and conclusions. (KIE abstract)
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