Table 1

Severity levels*

Severity levelSocial value
Slight problem0.9999
Moderate problem0.99
Considerable problem0.92
Severe problem0.80
Very severe problem0.65
Completely disabled0.40
  • *See Nord13, 119. Notice that the upper-end compression of the social values mitigates the discrimination that is implicit in cost-effective allocation. If healing a broken leg brings the same improvement in personal value to Mary and George, healing George’s broken leg will provide a greater improvement in social value if George is in some way disabled, and Mary is otherwise healthy.