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- Comparision And Evaluation Of States Of Health

  • Carmen Herrero Blanco

    (Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas)

  • José Luis Pinto

    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Starting from a finite or countable set of states of health, and assuming the existence of an objective transitive preference relation on that set, we propose a way of performing interpersonal comparisons of states of health. In so doing, we first consider the population divided into types, and consider that two individuals of a different type have a comparable state of health whenever they sit at the same centile of their respective type. A way of comparing and evaluating states of health for different groups is then proposed and rationalized. This can be viewed as both an alternative and an extension of the traditional QALY approach.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 1998-12.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jan 1998
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Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:1998-12
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  1. Carmen Herrero, 1996. "Capabilities and utilities," Review of Economic Design, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 69-88, December.
  2. Weinstein, Milton C., 1988. "A QALY is a QALY is a QALY -- Or is it?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 7(3), pages 289-290, September.
  3. Roemer, J.E., 1992. "A Pragmatic Theory of Responsibility for the Egalitarian Planner," Papers 391, California Davis - Institute of Governmental Affairs.
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