Health economics

Bensink, Mark E., Scuffham, Paul A. and Smith, Anthony C. (2012). Health economics. In Hans Peter Soyer, Michael Binder, Anthony C. Smith and Elisabeth M. T. Wurm (Ed.), Telemedicine in dermatology (pp. 167-185) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-20801-0_19

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Author Bensink, Mark E.
Scuffham, Paul A.
Smith, Anthony C.
Title of chapter Health economics
Title of book Telemedicine in dermatology
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-20801-0_19
ISBN 9783642208010
Editor Hans Peter Soyer
Michael Binder
Anthony C. Smith
Elisabeth M. T. Wurm
Chapter number 19
Start page 167
End page 185
Total pages 19
Total chapters 20
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Economics is about making choices when resources are limited. Health economics applies economic theory to the specialized area of health care and provides, amongst other things, a set of tools to weigh the cost and consequences of alternative courses of action. This focus on cost and consequences is critical, health economics does not focus solely on cost, instead it is the impact an investment has on patient outcomes compared to the alternative/s. Understanding the difference between the tools that are available in the health economics tool box and using them appropriately to answer a specifically and carefully developed research question is a critical first step. The overall aim of investigating the cost and consequences of alternatives is to provide evidence to decision makers that investment in a particular alternative is a good one. Providing evidence of the value of investment in a teledermatology alternative is essential information to justify and foster the uptake of new and innovative ways to provide dermatological services.
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