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Healthy RespectEthics in Health Care$
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R. S. Downie, K. C. Calman, Ruth A. K. Schröck, and Malcolm Macnaughton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780192624086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.001.0001

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A Question of Economics

A Question of Economics

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(p.226) Chapter 17 A QUESTION OF ECONOMICS
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Healthy Respect
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R. S. Downie

K. C. Calman

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0018

Economics and morality are closely linked since resources going to one patient cannot go to another. Inequalities in health care can therefore arise. There are various economic issues in health care, such as measuring outcomes (including the use of QALYs), audit, the private sector versus the public sector, clinical freedom, and public involvement in the allocation of resources.

Keywords:   health care economics, inequalities in health care, QALYs, audit, clinical freedom

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