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Estimating production costs in the economic evaluation of health-care programs

  • Carmen Herrero

    (Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico, Universidad de Alicante and IVIE, Spain)

  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

We propose a method for calculating the production costs of an intervention in a manner that accounts for differences in productive 'effort.' This method could be used within a cost-effectiveness analysis framework in the evaluation of new medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, treatment programs, or public health interventions. We apply it to show evidence in favor of implementing a newborn screening program to detect congenital hearing impairment. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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

Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 21-35

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:18:y:2009:i:1:p:21-35
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