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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Setting a Value on Human Life

15th June 2009, 16:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

A joint seminar hosted by the Durham Forum for Health and the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University

In developing its guidance on the use of medicines, treatments and procedures within the NHS, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) uses quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) to measure how many extra months or years of reasonable quality of life a person might gain as a result of a treatment. It implies a value on human life of about £30,000 per year. What does this mean? How does the valuation compare with other ways of valuing human life? What difference do such valuations make to the decisions of those who use them? Is it helpful and ethical to value human life on these terms? The Durham Forum for Health and the Institute of Advanced Study are combining to host this joint discussion to mark the end of the Institute’s season on ‘Being Human’.

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