Health priorities and public preferences: the relative importance of past health experience and future health prospects

Title: Health priorities and public preferences: the relative importance of past health experience and future health prospects
Authors: Dolan, Paul and Tsuchiya , Aki
Publisher: Journal of health economics, 24 (4). pp. 703-714
ISSN: 0167-6296
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Abstract: We explore people’s choices where the preference for those with worse future health prospects and the preference for the young over the old conflict. The empirical study used scenarios with four attributes: past years, past health, future years without treatment, and future health without treatment. One hundred respondents ranked various patient groups described in these terms. The results suggest a strong effect of past years: younger groups (40-year-olds) were always chosen over older ones (60-year-olds). Past health was significant in one question but not the other and future health and years without treatment were both non-significant