Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 21 (1):1-23 (2011)
Cost-effectiveness analysis is the standard analytical tool for evaluating the aggregate health benefits of treatments, interventions, or health programs. It works by comparing the ratio of costs and benefits of different alternatives. The lower the ratio, the more effective the treatment, intervention, or program. The use of cost-effectiveness analysis can ensure that scarce health care resources are allocated in a way that maximizes the satisfaction of health needs. According to a common objection, however, the use of cost-effectiveness analysis for setting priorities in the allocation of health care resources may lead to unfair discrimination against people with disabilities.The aim of the first part of this ..
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