An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy [Canada] – October 2013

Posted on October 24, 2013. Filed under: Health Economics, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy [Canada] – October 2013

“This briefing note is the first in a series that introduces a critical analysis of the ethical implications of economic evaluations, especially as they arise in the context of healthy public policy. It begins by introducing the main types of economic evaluation (cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility), their general strengths and weaknesses, and what they aim to measure through different means: efficiency…..

It moves on to examine the ethical implications of the ethical (utilitarianism) and methodological (individualism) assumptions shared by the main types of economic evaluations. It concludes by exploring the ways in which economic evaluations can be read and interpreted so that values relevant for public health, which can conflict with those implicitly put forward by economic evaluations, do not fall out of the view of policy makers.”

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