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Justice and the NICE approach

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JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
DatePublished - 2015
Issue number1
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)99-102
Original languageEnglish


When thinking about population level healthcare priority setting decisions, such as those made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, good medical ethics requires attention to three main principles of health justice: (1) cost-effectiveness, an aspect of beneficence, (2) non-discrimination, and (3) priority to the worse off in terms of both current severity of illness and lifetime health. Applying these principles requires consideration of the identified patients who benefit from decisions and the unidentified patients who bear the opportunity costs.

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