Attribute framing affects the perceived fairness of health care allocation principles

Eyal Gamliel*, Eyal Peer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Health care resource allocation is a central moral issue in health policy, and opinions about it have been studied extensively. Allocation situations have typically been described and presented in a positive manner (i.e., who should receive medical aid). On the other hand, the negative valence allocation situation (i.e., who should not receive medical aid) has been relatively neglected. This paper demonstrates how positive versus negative framing of the exact same health care resource allocation situation can affect the perceived fairness of allocation principles. Participants usually perceived non-egalitarian principles (i.e., need, equity and tenure) to be fairer in positively framed situations (i.e., to deliver health care resources to certain patients) than negatively framed situation (i.e., not to deliver health care resources to other patients). However, framing did not affect the perceived fairness of the equality principle (i.e., a random draw). The paper offers a theoretical explanation for the effect of framing on the perceived fairness of heath care resource allocation and discusses implications for both researchers and policy makers.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalJudgment and Decision Making
Volume5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Attribute framing
  • Health care resource allocation
  • Perceived fairness

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