SHOULD SICK PEOPLE BE PAID to risk their lives? “The ends aren’t supposed to justify the means, and people shouldn’t be unnecessarily risked for the sake of medical progress. But if paying patients to risk themselves would accelerate progress, is it okay? That dilemma is raised in a solution proposed by two University of Chicago health policy experts to a paradox of drug development: If moderately effective drugs are already available, patients will have little reason to volunteer for tests of drugs that could be better, but might not work at all.”
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