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A Question of Economics

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0018
A Question of Economics

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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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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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