Cost-of-illness studies. Useful for health policy?

@article{Koopmanschap1998CostofillnessSU,
  title={Cost-of-illness studies. Useful for health policy?},
  author={M. Marinelli H. Koopmanschap},
  journal={PharmacoEconomics},
  year={1998},
  volume={14 2},
  pages={
          143-8
        }
}
A sample of cost-of-illness (COI) studies was reviewed, which included studies for specific diseases ('specific' studies) as well as those for the entire range of diseases ('general' studies). Theoretically, COI studies may deliver suitable information for health policy and rational healthcare spending. In practice, however, the informative value of 'specific' prevalence-based COI studies is very limited. A static picture of costs is presented in these studies, as trends in costs are not being… CONTINUE READING

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