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Human Costs of Chronic Bronchitis in Switzerland

France Priez and Claude Jeanrenaud
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: France Weaver ()

Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), 1999, vol. 135, issue III, 287-301

Abstract: The contingent valuation method was applied to assess the reduction in quality of life due to chronic bronchitis within an incidence framework. Interviewees - a sample of the general population - expressed their willingness-to-pay to reduce their risk of contracting the disease. Health was presented as a private good and respondents were made aware of the health implications, the average risk and the main causes of chronic bronchitis. The internal validity of the survey was assessed by the semi-logarithmic and Box-Cox models. Human costs amounted to CHF 38500 per case and to a total of CHF 481 million, or 0.13% of the GDP.

Date: 1999
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