Cost-Effectiveness in Animal Health
Animal health priorities, Quality of life
Sturm College of Law
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.
Govind Persad, Cost-Effectiveness in Animal Health: An Ethical Analysis, in Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics 102 (Bob Fischer, ed., 2019).