What is a human life worth?

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Choice is a marker of freedom, but also a consequence of limited resources. Because choices about health follow from evaluation, we now inhabit a world of DALYs and discounts, where the interval between birth and death is a "statistical life". Does this fixation about measurement lead to the best decisions about improving health? Or is cost-effectiveness just the price of everything divided by the value of nothing?

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Christopher Dye

Professor Christopher Dye

Professor of Physic

Professor Dye was the Gresham Professor of Physic between 2005 and 2009. He is based at the World Health Organization, where he evaluates epidemiological and...

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