Economic Evaluations in Public Health: What are the ethical implications? CPHA, Toronto, ON Workshop | May 2014. Michal Rozworski Independent Researcher. Olivier Bellefleur National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.
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Economic Evaluations in Public Health: What are the ethical implications?
CPHA, Toronto, ON
Workshop | May 2014
National Collaborating Centre
for Healthy Public Policy
…at least possible cost
What is the cost per unit reduction in symptom severity and duration?
An economic evaluation looks at a single policy or a number of policies with respect to economic efficiency
Graphic by: Brooks Elliott.
Two ways to think about efficiency
Prices: translating some benefits into dollars is difficult
Biases: who and how do we ask about translating intangibles into dollars?
Total cost, $
Total cost, $
Bias: based on subjective valuations of health states
Context: health can be a broader phenomenon not captured fully by QALYs
of one municipality
Transportation Ministry, etc.
Photographer: Arne Hückelheim
Photographer: Richard Drdul
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