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Health care input constraints and cost effectiveness analysis decision rules

Pieter van Baal, Alec Morton and Johan L. Severens

Social Science & Medicine, 2018, vol. 200, issue C, 59-64

Abstract: Results of cost effectiveness analyses (CEA) studies are most useful for decision makers if they face only one constraint: the health care budget. However, in practice, decision makers wishing to use the results of CEA studies may face multiple resource constraints relating to, for instance, constraints in health care inputs such as a shortage of skilled labour. The presence of multiple resource constraints influences the decision rules of CEA and limits the usefulness of traditional CEA studies for decision makers. The goal of this paper is to illustrate how results of CEA can be interpreted and used in case a decision maker faces a health care input constraint.

Keywords: Cost-effectiveness analysis; Human resource constraints; Decision rules; Health care input constraints; Opportunity costs; Eye-care services; LMIC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.01.026

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