a1 University College of Gjøvik and Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway email: firstname.lastname@example.org
a2 National Institute for Health and Welfare, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Helsinki, Finland, Department of Psychiatry, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
a3 Adelaide Health Technology Assessment School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
a4 Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and HTA, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Kathrin Dengler and Uta Bittner demand a full-fledged philosophy of values in our empirical study of various methods for ethical analysis in health technology assessment (HTA). This may be like putting the classification of disease on hold until the concept of disease is clarified, or postponing the development of health care until the term “health” is clarified. As Dengler and Bittner rightly point out, the term value has many meanings, and as they properly recognize: “[P]hilosophically, the definition of what is meant by ‘a good life’ or ‘well-being’ is a very challenging project.” Hence, it may be a bit over the top to crave that we solve eternal issues in an empirical article on methodology.