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Rationing health care resources. Is the quality-adjusted life-year a helpful guide?

, : Rationing health care resources. Is the quality-adjusted life-year a helpful guide?. Canadian Family Physician Medecin de Famille Canadien 40: 123-4, 127-8

The quality-adjusted life-year, an economic tool for allocating health care resources, lets researchers compare the cost-effectiveness of different therapies for virtually any disease. It purports to describe quantity of life, with an adjustment for quality of life, as a function of financial cost. Its goal is to maximize health care efficiency, but its methodology does not adequately meet the needs of older patients.


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