Title
The social value of vaccination programs : beyond cost-effectiveness The social value of vaccination programs : beyond cost-effectiveness
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Millwood, N.Y. ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Health affairs. - Millwood, N.Y.
Volume/pages
35(2016) :2 , p. 212-218
ISSN
0278-2715
ISI
000369697200007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In the current global environment of increased strain on health care budgets, all medical interventions have to compete for funding. Cost-effectiveness analysis has become a standard method to use in estimating how much value an intervention offers relative to its costs, and it has become an influential element in decision making. However, the application of cost-effectiveness analysis to vaccination programs fails to capture the full contribution such a program offers to the community. Recent literature has highlighted how cost-effectiveness analysis can neglect the broader economic impact of vaccines. In this article we also argue that socioethical contributions such as effects on health equity, sustaining the public good of herd immunity, and social integration of minority groups are neglected in cost-effectiveness analysis. Evaluations of vaccination programs require broad and multidimensional perspectives that can account for their social, ethical, and economic impact as well as their cost-effectiveness.
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