Fair Innings

Definition

Health Economics

  • A term borrowed from cricket but equivalent to the singular usage 'inning' of baseball. It is the name given to the idea that benefits to individuals who have not yet had a 'fair innings' (in terms of length of life in reasonable health) should receive a higher weighting in cost-effectiveness analyses than those to people who have had a fair innings (and even higher presumably than those who have already had more than a fair innings). It has proved possible to make empirical estimates of the weights through surveys, but the principle is controversial.
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