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The QALY argument: a physician's and a philosopher's view.
  1. J Rawles,
  2. K Rawles
  1. Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen.


    The arguments used by Gavin Mooney in his scornful response to Castigating QALYs, are examined. In spite of the rhetoric there is a broad measure of agreement about the deficiencies of QALYs as a means of distributing scarce resources. The main area of conflict is that John Rawles favours compaigning for more resources while Gavin Mooney, constrained by his remit as a health economist, favours acceptance of the present level of funding and better methods of distributing resources.

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