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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.

Identifying the effect of expenditure on health outcomes: another small comment on Claxton et al

In a previous post I asked whether the study by Claxton et al can or should inform the cost-effectiveness threshold used by NICE. The authors argued that, “it is the expected health effects … of the average displacement within the… Read More »Identifying the effect of expenditure on health outcomes: another small comment on Claxton et al

Do we really need to change the cost-effectiveness threshold?

The cost-effectiveness threshold utilised by health technology assessment agencies, such as NICE in the United Kingdom, below which new medical technologies and interventions are considered cost-effective, is frequently discussed. NICE currently use a threshold of £20,000 to £30,000 per quality… Read More »Do we really need to change the cost-effectiveness threshold?

Is there any use in publishing surgeons’ death rates?

Today sees the publication of surgeons’ death rates on the MyNHS website (see Guardian and BBC stories). The website presents full lists of surgeons by specialty alongside either blue circles with a large ‘OK’ inside, grey circles with question marks, or… Read More »Is there any use in publishing surgeons’ death rates?