Methods of Economic Evaluation: What are the Ethical Implications for Healthy Public Policy?
This briefing note outlines the main strengths, weaknesses and ethical implications specific to 5 methods of economic evaluation that are commonly used in a public health context.
Published in November 2014.  Description.  Download  1.5 MB
.

This briefing note is the second in a series on the ethical issues raised by the use of economic evaluations in the field of healthy public policies. It is the result of collaborative work between Michal Rozworski and the NCCHPP.


While the first document in the series focused primarily on the ethical implications of two hypotheses (utilitarianism and individualism) underlying the different types of economic evaluation, this second paper discusses the strengths, weaknesses and ethical implications specific to the main methods:

• Cost-minimization analysis
• Cost-benefit analysis
• Cost-effectiveness analysis
• Cost-utility analysis
• Cost-consequence analysis


In this paper, the author also provides a series of questions to guide the reader through economic evaluations and help identify potential ethical issues. It also explores ways to take these into account when using the results of economic evaluations.

Methods of Economic Evaluation: What are the Ethical Implications for Healthy Public Policy?  
18 pages
 1.5 MB

Image - first page of the document - click to download

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.