Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
Carl Hampus Lyttkens
Time to disable DALYs? On the use of DALYs in health policy.
Abstract: Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) is a concept which
has rapidly gained in popularity in health policy and considerable research
resources are being allocated to the area. Proponents of DALYs suggest that
the measure can be used both as a “GDP of health” and to help in setting
priorities in health policy. This study extends the criticism of DALYs and
contends that DALYs – as the measure is currently understood – cannot be
used for either of these two purposes. The DALYs procedure does not produce
what it purports to do (a measure of population health), and its use in
priority setting is ethically dubious.
Keywords: DALYs; QALYs; priorities; ethics; population health; health care; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I18; (follow links to similar papers)
24 pages, July 25, 2001, Revised September 2, 2001
- This paper is published as:
Lyttkens, Carl Hampus, (2003), 'Time to disable DALYs? On the use of DALYs in health policy.', The European Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 4, No. 3, pages 195-202
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