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Type: Journal article
Title: Ethical considerations relating to healthcare resource allocation decisions
Author: Olver, I.
Dodds, S.
Kenner, J.
Kerridge, I.
McGovern, K.
Milligan, E.
Mortimer, R.
Citation: Internal Medicine Journal, 2019; 49(11):1364-1367
Publisher: Wiley Online Library
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1444-0903
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Ian Olver, Susan Dodds, Jeremy Kenner, Ian Kerridge, Kevin McGovern, Eleanor Milligan and Robin Mortimer, on behalf of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council
Abstract: Public policy decisions about patients' access to limited healthcare resources must be defensible and responsive to the interests of those affected. Decision-makers should articulate their reasoning and recommendations so that citizens can judge them. While the context of policy decisions will differ, their legitimacy depends upon the transparency of the reasoning, the accountability of the decision-makers, the testability of the evidence used to inform the decision-making and the inclusive recognition of those the decision affects. An example of applying this framework to resource allocation is that of approving effective high-cost anticancer drugs in a timely fashion.
Keywords: Resource allocation; ethics; healthcare; policy; transparency; accountability
Rights: © 2019 Royal Australasian College of Physicians
DOI: 10.1111/imj.14461
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