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Optimal choice on prevention and cure: a new economic analysis

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This paper studies choices on prevention and cure in a context where an agent bears a health risk. In this framework we first analyze interdependence between the optimal levels of prevention and cure. Second, we study the effects on optimal choices of a change in the cost of one of the two instruments and we examine substitutability between them. Finally we present findings about the effects of a change either in the seriousness of the possible disease or in the efficiency of the medical treatment. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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  • Mario Menegatti, 2014. "Optimal choice on prevention and cure: a new economic analysis," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 15(4), pages 363-372, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:eujhec:v:15:y:2014:i:4:p:363-372 DOI: 10.1007/s10198-013-0479-y
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    Keywords

    Prevention; Cure; Health risk; Two-argument utility; I10; D81;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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