Health state after treatment: a reason for discrimination?
In this paper the issue of discrimination between patients based on the health improvement that each can achieve is addressed. Previous research in this area by Nord has shown that, in this context, society's preferences may be quite opposite to the principle of health maximization present in cost utility analysis. Using a different experimental design from that used by Nord, some results are achieved which suggest that social preferences may be somewhere in between two opposite extremes, which are that discrimination based on the degree of health improvement is never acceptable and that discrimination based on the degree of health improvement is always acceptable. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 8 (1999)
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