Chapter 13: Cost–benefit analysis and equity
In this chapter we add equity considerations to the efficiency objective. Instead of going into first principles of what equity means in health economics, along the lines of Williams and Cookson (2000), we will simply build on the discussion of equity in CUA in Chapter 10. The two building blocks are the QALY weights and the person trade-offs. In a CBA context these blocks transform into the use of income distribution weights and the inclusion of a ‘numbers effect’. We devote a section to each of these building blocks after providing the necessary introductory background.
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