Title
Partially wrong? Partial equilibrium and the economic analysis of public health emergencies of international concern Partially wrong? Partial equilibrium and the economic analysis of public health emergencies of international concern
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Chichester ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Health economics. - Chichester
Volume/pages
17(2008) :11 , p. 1317-1322
ISSN
1057-9230
ISI
000260896800006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We argue that traditional health economic analysis is ill-equipped to estimate the cost effectiveness and cost benefit of interventions that aim at controlling and/or preventing public health emergencies of international concern (such as pandemic influenza or severe acute respiratory syndrome). The implicit assumption of partial equilibrium within both the health sector itself and - if a wider perspective is adopted - the economy as a whole would be violated by such emergencies. We propose an alternative, with the specific aim of accounting for the behavioural changes and capacity problems that are expected to occur when such an outbreak strikes.
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