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Helicopters, hearts and hips: Using willingness to pay to set priorities for public sector health care programmes

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  • Olsen, Jan Abel
  • Donaldson, Cam
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    The paper reports from a study that asked 150 interviewees their willingness to pay (WTP) in increased earmarked taxation for three different health care programmes: a helicopter ambulance service, more heart operations and more hip replacements. Reasons behind the stated WTP were asked for. Ordinary least squares regression analyses were used to analyse factors associated with WTP for each of the three programmes, and factors associated with the relative WTP for one programme compared with the total of the three. Comparisons were made of WTP for these programmes and the health outcome in terms of quality adjusted life years.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 46 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 1-12

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:46:y:1998:i:1:p:1-12

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    Keywords: willingness to pay priority setting quality adjusted life years economic evaluation;

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    8. Olsen, Jan Abel & Donaldson, Cam & Shackley, Phil, 2005. "Implicit versus explicit ranking: On inferring ordinal preferences for health care programmes based on differences in willingness-to-pay," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(5), pages 990-996, September.
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    10. Leguizamon, Susane & Christafore, David, 2014. "Racial Differences in Willingness to Pay for Hospital Access," MPRA Paper 55926, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    11. Shackley, Phil & Donaldson, Cam, 2002. "Should we use willingness to pay to elicit community preferences for health care?: New evidence from using a 'marginal' approach," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(6), pages 971-991, November.
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    14. Marija Bockarjova & Piet Rietveld & Erik T. Verhoef, 2012. "Composite Valuation of Immaterial Damage in Flooding: Value of Statistical Life, Value of Statistical Evacuation and Value of Statistical Injury," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-047/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    15. Whynes, David K. & Frew, Emma & Wolstenholme, Jane L., 2003. "A comparison of two methods for eliciting contingent valuations of colorectal cancer screening," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 555-574, July.

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