Life or Death: Can the health service put a price on your life?

The ethical dilemmas created by high drug pricing are not going anywhere.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
4th December, 2016
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Picture this. You have a terminal disease and a new €80,000 drug is launched that can cure you. The health service should fund it immediately, right? What should happen if that drug costs €400,000 and gives you an extra year of life?

Would you think differently if that €400,000 drug only offered an extra month of life?

Should society still fund it, or should we provide more transplants, more homecare for people with dementia, or...

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