Study finds social preference for sharing of limited healthcare budget with less

first_img Source: Aug 23 2018Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR (the professional society for health economics and outcomes research), announced today the publication of study results suggesting that sharing is intrinsically important and that the public would support some funding of services for patients whose health problem is less severe than that of other identified patients, even when their treatment is less cost-effective. The report, Sharing and the Provision of “Cost-Ineffective” Life-Extending Services to Less Severely Ill Patients, was published in the August 2018 issue of Value in Health.Related StoriesFDA’s added sugar label could have substantial health and cost-saving benefitsSmart phone health monitoring devices will revolutionize healthcareMany healthcare workers often care for patients while sick, study findsIn this survey, members of the public were asked to divide a theoretical budget between two patients facing life-threatening illnesses of differing severities. Researchers found that respondents would choose to share the health budget between patients, even those in which the illness was less severe and services were not cost-effective. Such sentiment contradicts traditional cost-utility analysis, which prioritizes health services according to their statistically most cost-efficient use.”A limited number of studies have observed a social preference for allocating some part of a limited budget to services that are effective but not ‘cost-effective’ because of their high cost,” said author Jeff Richardson, Centre for Health Economics, Monash Business School, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. “Our results are consistent with those findings. In each case presented, respondents divided budgets between patients irrespective of the accompanying circumstances. Our work suggests that there is a social preference for sharing, and that this may be the result of a common determinant of preferences and behaviors, namely, “reciprocity.” ​last_img

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