Setting health care priorities in Oregon. Cost-effectiveness meets the rule of rescue.

@article{Hadorn1991SettingHC,
  title={Setting health care priorities in Oregon. Cost-effectiveness meets the rule of rescue.},
  author={David Christian Hadorn},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1991},
  volume={265 17},
  pages={2218-25}
}
The Oregon Health Services Commission recently completed work on its principal charge: creation of a prioritized list of health care services, ranging from the most important to the least important. Oregon's draft priority list was criticized because it seemed to favor minor treatments over lifesaving ones. This reaction reflects a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between cost-effectiveness analysis and the powerful human proclivity to rescue endangered life: the "Rule of Rescue." Oregon… CONTINUE READING