Public provision of four-wheeled walkers: Contingent valuation study of economic benefit

Haines, Terry, Brown, Cassandra and Morrison, Jan (2008) Public provision of four-wheeled walkers: Contingent valuation study of economic benefit. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27 3: 161-164. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00302.x


Author Haines, Terry
Brown, Cassandra
Morrison, Jan
Title Public provision of four-wheeled walkers: Contingent valuation study of economic benefit
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2008-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00302.x
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 161
End page 164
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
Formatted abstract
Objective:
To quantify the economic value of publicly
provided four-wheeled walkers as judged by recipients in
Queensland, Australia.
Method:
Contingent valuation study using willingness-to-pay
approach. A sample of 49 Australian older adults who received
a publicly funded four-wheeled walker in the past 3 months
completed the survey via telephone. A discrete choice bidding
response format with a randomly selected starting bid was
employed to glean valuations.
Results:
This approach yielded only one non-response, and
one zero dollar response. The mean (standard deviation)
valuation provided was $A290 ($A167), which was $A84 in
excess of the price paid by the public provider agency to
purchase the equipment. Starting bid was significantly
associated with values provided.
Conclusion:
The current public provision program of
four-wheeled walkers is likely to generate net societal benefit.
These findings coupled with arguments based on equity build
a moderate case for the continuation of this program.
Keyword Assistive devices
Rollator
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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