Since the inception of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) there have been questions about whether quality adjusted life years (QALYs) gained by different beneficiaries of health care should be weighted equally and the feasibility of estimating a monetary value of a QALY. The studies reported in this document, had three aims:
• to identify characteristics of beneficiaries of health care over which relative weights should be derived;
• to estimate relative weights to be attached to health gains according to characteristics of recipients of these gains; and
• to assess the feasibility of estimating a willingness-to-pay-based value of a QALY.
- health care
- health economics
- quality adjusted life years