What do most Americans think of cost-effectiveness research in health care?

Graves, Nicholas (2015) What do most Americans think of cost-effectiveness research in health care? AusHSI Blog, 20 March.

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My impression is that explicit data on the cost-effectiveness of different health care services are not valued highly by US policy makers. An example is a recent decision to approve ipilimumab for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. The extra health benefit over standard treatment is 2.1 months in previously untreated patients and the cost is $120,000 for 4 doses. This is poor value for money. Had $120,000 been allocated to an intensive lifestyle modification programme for diabetes risk (Diabet Med. 2004 Nov;21(11):1229-36) then 67 years of life or 800 months could have been returned. A massive increase in health benefits for the same costs.

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ID Code: 84036
Item Type: Other
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Keywords: Health Services Research
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 11 May 2015 22:49
Last Modified: 16 May 2015 10:29

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