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Spending money on end of life drugs will divert resources from prevention and chronic care, MPs told

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b647 (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b647
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Measures to improve patients’ access to end of life treatments announced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) will divert resources away from preventive and chronic treatments, says a leading health economist.

    Professor Christopher McCabe, chair in health economics at the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Leeds, told MPs on the Health Select Committee that the move provided incentives for manufacturers that “are not consistent with promoting the health of the UK population.”

    After a consultation on appraising end of life medicines, the institute will consider all the benefits when they …

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