Quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, is a metric commonly used to determine the value of a health care treatment. To calculate a QALY, you must assign a value to a person’s life. Because the value assigned to seniors, the chronically ill, or people with disabilities is lower than that of a young, healthy person. QALYs could lead policymakers and payers to conclude that treatments for seniors, patients with chronic conditions or people with disabilities are not worth covering.
Join Value Our Health in ensuring that payers and policymakers don’t use QALYs to discriminate against our most vulnerable populations.