Does health spending need to outpace GDP per head?

Philip Thomas

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Decisions on health spending depend ultimately on the valuation of human life in the country concerned. Previous attempts in the UK have been linked to the onesize-fits-all “value of a prevented fatality” (VPF), now shown to be based on a fundamentally flawed method. An objective and validated alternative is available in the J-value (J for “judgment”), which addresses the improved life expectancy a treatment offers. The J-value sheds important light on what Man chooses to spend on life-extending measures, allowing lessons to be drawn for the desirable relationship between GDP and spending on health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17 – 30
Number of pages14
JournalNanotechnology Perceptions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2017


  • economics
  • GDP
  • j-vALUE
  • life expectanc
  • life quality index


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