Can We Measure Out a Life in Coffee Spoons?
Kornfeld, Donald S.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1992 Summer; 3(2): 110-111.
Public policy decisions in medicine and other fields necessitate careful weighing of choices and consequences. Cost-benefit analyses have been offered as one way to facilitate such decisions. In "Quantifying the value of human life," L. Eugene Arnold asserts that mathematical models such as his offer greater clarity in making public policy decisions than is possible with the "intuitive" or "emotional" approach. In our opinion, problems associated with this quantitative analysis demonstrate a need for caution in applying such mathematical models to public policy decisions....
Costs and Benefits; Decision Analysis; Drug Industry; Drugs; Economics; Financial Support; Government; Government Financing; Health; Health Care; Industry; Life; Medicine; Patient Care; Psychoactive Drugs; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Risks and Benefits; Schizophrenia; Value of Life; Values;