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HOW TO INTRODUCE MORE (OR BETTER) ETHICAL ARGUMENTS IN HTA?

  • Erik Schokkaert (a1)

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All evaluation exercises involve ethical values, as they require some conception of the “good life.” Evaluation of health technologies is no exception. Because there is no consensus about what is a good life, we have to devise decision-making procedures in which citizens with different opinions are heard and treated fairly (1). The purpose of health technology assessment (HTA) is to offer useful input into this process so as to increase the quality of the deliberations and of the resulting decisions. How to bring ethical values into this process?

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1. Daniels, N, Sabin, J. Setting limits fairly: Learning to share resources for health. New York: Oxford University Press; 2008.
2. Hofmann, B, Cleemput, I, Droste, S, Sacchini, D, Oortwijn, W. Harmonization of ethics in health technology assessment: A revision of the Socratic approach. Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2014;30:39.
3. Sen, A. The discipline of cost-benefit analysis. J Legal Stud. 2000;29:931952.

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