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The moral relevance of personal characteristics in setting health care priorities

  • Olsen, Jan Abel

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    (Institute of Community Medicine)

  • Ricardson, Jeff

    (Centre for Health Program Evaluation)

  • Dolan, Paul

    (Sheffield Health Economics Group)

  • Mentzel, Paul

    (Pacific Lutheran University)

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    This paper discusses the moral relevance of accounting for various personal characteristics when prioritising between groups of patients. After a review of the results from empirical studies, we discuss the ethical reasons which might explain – and justify – the views expressed in these studies. The paper develops a general framework based upon the causes of ill health and the consequences of treatment. It then turns to the question of the extent to which a personal characteristic – and the eventual underlying ethical justification of its relevance – could have any relationships to these causes and consequences. We attempt to disentangle those characteristics that may reflect a potentially relevant justification from those which violate widely accepted principles of social justice.

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    Paper provided by Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme in its series HERO On line Working Paper Series with number 2002:17.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: 30 Jun 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:oslohe:2002_017
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