Journal article

Rationing versus rationality: observations from outside the United States.

T Jackson

Med Decis Making | Published : 2001


This commentary takes up A. David Paltiel's invitation to reflect on how to promote the use of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis in health. From the perspective of a health services researcher outside the U.S. system, I make 3 arguments. First, the unthinking use of the term rationing for all applications of cost-effectiveness analysis distorts research priorities and may jeopardize wider public support. Second, public skepticism about decision and cost-effectiveness analysis (and thus the skepticism of decision makers) is well founded when ethical dimensions of these methods are not considered. We must continue to refine our methods to take account of societal values. Third,..

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