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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-26-09 03:51 PM
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12. More People Will Live More Years Because Of This Decision
The NHS's job is to maximize the good work that can be done for a given expenditure.

Suppose a drug will slow one person's death for a month at a cost of $1,000,000. That same $1,000,000 could perhaps save two years of life for each of 20 recipients of an ICD (implantable defibrillator). Where would you choose to spend the $1,000,000?

Given that we can't spend 100% of GDP on healthcare, we need to make choices. Actually, even if we could spend 100% of GDP on health care, we'd need to make choices.
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