Supply of Health Services

Monopoly and competition in health care supply; models of
health care institutions (hospitals, nursing homes; for-profit, non-profit); care in the community: long term care, informal care; ambulance services; managed care; health care produc- tion functions; cost functions; economies of scale and scope; quality of care; regulation and price controls; the pharmaceu- tical and medical equipment industries.

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… Read More »Could a reduction in the cost-effectiveness threshold stymie medical research and development?

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… Read More »Do we really need to change the cost-effectiveness threshold?