Journal article

A cost-based equity weight for use in the economic evaluation of primary health care interventions: case study of the Australian Indigenous population

Katherine S Ong, Margaret Kelaher, Ian Anderson, Rob Carter

International Journal for Equity in Health | BMC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Efficiency and equity are both important policy objectives in resource allocation. The discipline of health economics has traditionally focused on maximising efficiency, however addressing inequities in health also requires consideration. Methods to incorporate equity within economic evaluation techniques range from qualitative judgements to quantitative outcomes-based equity weights. Yet, due to definitional uncertainties and other inherent limitations, no method has been universally adopted to date. This paper proposes an alternative cost-based equity weight for use in the economic evaluation of interventions delivered from primary health care services. METHODS: Equity is defin..

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