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Should the capability approach be applied in Health Economics?

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  • Joanna Coast

    (Department of Health Economics, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)

  • Richard Smith

    (Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK)

  • Paula Lorgelly

    (Section of Public Health and Public Policy, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK)

Abstract

This editorial questions the implications of the capability approach for health economics. Two specific issues are considered: the evaluative space of capablities (as opposed to health or utility) and the decision-making principle of maximisation. The paper argues that the capability approach can provide a richer evaluative space enabling improved evaluation of many interventions. It also argues that more thought is needed about the decision-making principles both within the capability approach and within health economics more generally. Specifically, researchers should analyse equity-oriented principles such as equalisation and a 'decent minimum' of capability, rather than presuming that the goal must be the maximisation of capability. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 667-670

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:17:y:2008:i:6:p:667-670

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  1. The potential of the super QALY to reconcile the key contentions in health economics
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  1. Bleichrodt, Han & Quiggin, John, 2013. "Capabilities as menus: A non-welfarist basis for QALY evaluation," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 128-137.
  2. Kevin Marsh & Ceri Phillips & Richard Fordham & Evelina Bertranou & Janine Hale, 2012. "Estimating cost-effectiveness in public health: a summary of modelling and valuation methods," Health Economics Review, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 1-6, December.
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  4. Richard D. Smith & Tracey H. Sach, 2009. "Contingent valuation: (still) on the road to nowhere?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(8), pages 863-866.
  5. Ryan, Mandy & Kinghorn, Philip & Entwistle, Vikki A. & Francis, Jill J., 2014. "Valuing patients' experiences of healthcare processes: Towards broader applications of existing methods," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 194-203.

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