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This paper rebuts suggestions made by Littlejohns et al that NICE is not ageist by analysing the concept of ageism. It recognises the constraints that finite resources impose on decision making bodies such as NICE and then makes a number of positive suggestions as to how NICE might more effectively and more justly intervene in the allocation of scarce resources for health.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/medethics-2011-100417

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of medical ethics

Publication Date

05/2012

Volume

38

Pages

263 - 266

Addresses

Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. john.harris@manchester.ac.uk

Keywords

Humans, Life Expectancy, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, Health Care Rationing, Government Agencies, Quality of Life, Biomedical Technology, Health Care Costs, Healthcare Disparities, Ageism