Title

Cost-Effectiveness in Animal Health

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2019

Keywords

Animal health priorities, Quality of life

Organizational Units

Sturm College of Law

Abstract

This chapter evaluates the ethical issues that using cost-effectiveness considerations to set animal health priorities might present, and its conclusions are cautiously optimistic. While using cost-effectiveness calculations in animal health is not without ethical pitfalls, these calculations offer a pathway toward more rigorous priority-setting efforts that allow money spent on animal well-being to do more good. Although assessing quality of life for animals may be more challenging than in humans, implementing prioritization based on cost-effectiveness is less ethically fraught.


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