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A NICE fallacy
  1. Muireann Quigley
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr M Quigley
 Rm 2.07 Williamson Building, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, School of Law, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK; muireann.quigley{at}


A response is given to the claim by Claxton and Culyer, who stated that the policies of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) do not evaluate patients rather than treatments. The argument is made that the use of values such as quality of life and life-years is ethically dubious when used to choose which patients ought to receive treatments in the National Health Service (NHS).

  • NHS, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
  • QALY, quality-adjusted life year

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