Eliciting preferences for resource allocation in mental health care in Ireland

O'Shea, Eamon, Gannon, Brenda and Kennelly, Brendan (2008) Eliciting preferences for resource allocation in mental health care in Ireland. Health Policy, 88 2-3: 359-370. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2008.03.018

Author O'Shea, Eamon
Gannon, Brenda
Kennelly, Brendan
Title Eliciting preferences for resource allocation in mental health care in Ireland
Journal name Health Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0168-8510
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.healthpol.2008.03.018
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 88
Issue 2-3
Start page 359
End page 370
Total pages 12
Place of publication E Park, Shannon, Clare Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Language eng
Abstract The proportion of total health care expenditure devoted to mental health care in Ireland, at just below 7%, is low relative to other countries. There have been few studies that have examined the relationship between public preferences for different kinds of health care expenditure and priority setting as undertaken by policy-makers and governments. This paper examines citizen's rankings and willingness to pay for a community-based mental health care programme in Ireland relative to two other programmes: cancer and elderly care. Respondents rank cancer as the most important programme, followed by elderly care and then mental health care. The contingent valuation survey demonstrated that people are willing to make significant tax contributions to new community-based services for people with mental health problems, counteracting the view sometimes expressed that people do not care at all about mental health care provision. However, the survey also found that people tend to value additional spending on mental health care lower than cancer and elderly care programmes.
Keyword Willingness to pay
Mental health care
Priority setting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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