Health Economics Letter
PREFERENCES FOR THE NORMATIVE BASIS OF HEALTH CARE PRIORITY SETTING: SOME EVIDENCE FROM TWO COUNTRIES
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 480–485, April 2013
How to Cite
Olsen, J. A. and Richardson, J. (2013), PREFERENCES FOR THE NORMATIVE BASIS OF HEALTH CARE PRIORITY SETTING: SOME EVIDENCE FROM TWO COUNTRIES. Health Econ., 22: 480–485. doi: 10.1002/hec.2805
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 9 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 7 NOV 2011
- priority preferences;
- health maximisation;
- rule of rescue
The present paper concerns the criteria people would prefer for prioritising health programmes. It differs from most empirical studies as subjects were not asked about their personal preferences for programmes per se. Rather, they were asked about the principles that should guide the choice of programmes. Four different principles were framed as arguments for alternative programmes. The results from population surveys in Australia and Norway suggest that people are least supportive of the principle that decision makers should follow the stated preferences of the public. Rather, respondents expressed more support for decisions based upon health maximisation, equality and urgency. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.