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QALY and the Ethical Debates over the Allocation of Health Care Resources

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2012, 15(1), pp.1-23
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2012.15.1.1
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Published : April 30, 2012

Jeong Chang-rok 1

1경북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purposes of this article are to examine the ethical issues surrounding the concept of quality-adjusted life year (QALY) and to determine what criteria should be used for distributing medical resources. The article examines the views of John Harris, Peter Singer, and Norman Daniels, and argues that the fairness of the process is more important than the legitimacy of the result in distributing medical resources. The argument is based on the belief that each individual life is important as well as the fact that results are often unpredictable. However, it is also noted that too much emphasis on the fairness of the process can result in a waste of medical resources.

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