Fairness, accountability for reasonableness, and the views of priority setting decision-makers

Health Policy. 2002 Sep;61(3):279-90. doi: 10.1016/s0168-8510(01)00237-8.


Fairness is a key goal of priority setting and 'accountability for reasonableness' has emerged as the leading framework for fair priority setting. However, it has not been shown acceptable to those engaged in priority setting. In particular, since it was developed in the context of a primarily privately funded health system, its applicability in a primarily publicly funded system is uncertain. In this paper, we describe elements of fairness identified by decision-makers engaged in priority setting for new technologies in Canada (a primarily publicly funded system). According to these decision makers, accountability for reasonableness is acceptable and applicable. Our findings also provide refinements to accountability for reasonableness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees / ethics
  • Advisory Committees / standards
  • Canada
  • Decision Making, Organizational*
  • Health Care Rationing / ethics
  • Health Care Rationing / standards*
  • Health Priorities*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • National Health Programs / ethics
  • National Health Programs / standards*
  • Ontario
  • Qualitative Research
  • Resource Allocation
  • Social Justice*
  • Social Responsibility*