Axioms for Health Care Resource Allocation

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This paper examines principles of health care resource allocation based on axioms for individual preferences and distributive justice. We establish axioms for representing individual preferences by quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), as well as axioms for existence of a social welfare function depending only on QALYs. A symmetric Cobb–Douglas social welfare function is characterized by an axiom stating that social welfare is anonymous with respect to the distribution of individual life years. Replacing this axiom with an axiom of non-age dependence, we obtain a characterization of a utilitarian social welfare function with certain weights. Further, we give axioms for a social welfare function being a weighted sum of power transformations of individual QALYs.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Health Economics
Vol/bind24
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)679–702
ISSN0167-6296
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2005
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • QALYs
  • Health care resource allocation
  • Social welfare

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