Between equality and efficiency in medical care


  • Alejandra Zúñiga Fajuri Universidad de Valparaíso


This work considers the allocation methods of scarce medical resources budgeted for "health economics". Costbenefit models and the criteria QALY (Quality-Adjusted Life-Years) are analyzed as allocation methods that propose to resolve ethical dilemmas related to an economic distribution that seems to prioritize efficient results over more equitable, but inefficient, results.


health, equity, rationing

Author Biography

Alejandra Zúñiga Fajuri, Universidad de Valparaíso

Doctora en Derecho. Profesora e investigadora de la Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile.