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Sam Watson

Health economics, statistics, and health services research at the University of Warwick. Also like rock climbing and making noise on the guitar.

You won’t believe what these NHS productivity statistics mean for health policy!

Newly published research from Chris Bojke and co-authors estimates productivity growth in the NHS from 1998/1999 to 2013/2014. Total output of the NHS comprises both the volume of various services and their quality while inputs are approximated by total expenditure.… Read More »You won’t believe what these NHS productivity statistics mean for health policy!

Could a reduction in the cost-effectiveness threshold stymie medical research and development?

In previous posts (here and here) the comprehensive work undertaken by Claxton et al on the returns to medical expenditure in the NHS was discussed. Claxton and colleagues estimated the average change in quality adjusted life years (QALY) that have… Read More »Could a reduction in the cost-effectiveness threshold stymie medical research and development?