The social value of health programmes: is age a relevant factor?

The social value of health programmes: is age a relevant factor? In cost‐effectiveness analysis (CEA) it is usually assumed that a quality‐adjusted life‐year (QALY) is of equal value to everybody, irrespective of the patient's age. However, it is possible that society assigns different social values to a QALY, according to who gets it. In this paper, we discuss the possibility of weighting health benefits for age in CEA. We also examine the possibility that age‐related preferences depend on the size of the health gain. An experiment was performed to test these hypotheses. The assessment of results suggests that the patient's age is a relevant factor when assessing health gains. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Economics Wiley

The social value of health programmes: is age a relevant factor?

Health Economics, Volume 9 (7) – Oct 1, 2000

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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1057-9230
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1099-1050
DOI
10.1002/1099-1050(200010)9:7<611::AID-HEC540>3.0.CO;2-R
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Abstract

In cost‐effectiveness analysis (CEA) it is usually assumed that a quality‐adjusted life‐year (QALY) is of equal value to everybody, irrespective of the patient's age. However, it is possible that society assigns different social values to a QALY, according to who gets it. In this paper, we discuss the possibility of weighting health benefits for age in CEA. We also examine the possibility that age‐related preferences depend on the size of the health gain. An experiment was performed to test these hypotheses. The assessment of results suggests that the patient's age is a relevant factor when assessing health gains. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Health EconomicsWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2000

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