An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy
This briefing note introduces the main types of economic evaluation, the ethical assumptions they share and the ways in which they can be read and interpreted in light of values relevant for public health.
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This briefing note is the first in a series that introduces a critical analysis of the ethical implications of economic evaluations, especially as they arise in the context of healthy public policy. It is a result of a collaborative effort between Michal Rozworski and the Centre. It begins by introducing the main types of economic evaluation (cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and cost-utility), their general strengths and weaknesses, and what they aim to measure through different means: efficiency....

It moves on to examine the ethical implications of the ethical (utilitarianism) and methodological (individualism) assumptions shared by the main types of economic evaluations. It concludes by exploring the ways in which economic evaluations can be read and interpreted so that values relevant for public health, which can conflict with those implicitly put forward by economic evaluations, do not fall out of the view of policy makers.

An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy
12 pages
 807 K  


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To consult the series' second publication about the methods of economic evaluation, click here.
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