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Valuing Health: Well-Being, Freedom, and Suffering

Daniel M. Hausman


Those who are responsible for health policy want to know how seriously diseases, injuries, and risk factors diminish health and how significantly different policies improve health. To provide this information, health economists have attempted to measure generic—that is “overall”—health, whose value they take to be its contribution to well-being, which they measure by eliciting preferences. This book provides a philosophically sophisticated overview of generic health measurement that suggests improvements in standard methods and proposes a radical alternative. It shows how to avoid relying on s ... More

Keywords: QALY, quality-adjusted life year, DALY, disability-adjuster life year, generic health measure, cost-effectiveness, health and well-being, preference-based measures, burden of disease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190233181
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190233181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel M. Hausman, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor