J Med Ethics 13:117-123 doi:10.1136/jme.13.3.117
  • Research Article

QALYfying the value of life.

  1. J Harris
  1. Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester.


      This paper argues that the Quality Adjusted Life Year or QALY is fatally flawed as a way of priority setting in health care and of dealing with the problem of scarce resources. In addition to showing why this is so the paper sets out a view of the moral constraints that govern the allocation of health resources and suggests reasons for a new attitude to the health budget.