Health economics is about making wise investments in health and health care. The purpose of this book is to make readers familiar with the principles, methods and pitfalls of health economic evaluations. These evaluations help to make choices and set priorities in favour of those investments (for prevention, diagnosis, cure or care) that give the greatest return on health for money spent.
The results of these evaluations are increasingly a subject of focus and discussion in scientific journals, at congresses and in health policy making. This book will help everyone who is involved in health and health care to understand the methods used in these evaluations and to interpret their results. In this second edition, with numerous recent examples, attention is also given to relatively new methods (including methods to measure quality of life) and a number of unavoidable trends (such as the use of real world evidence). Readers do not need a basic knowledge of economics.
Lieven Annemans is a full professor of health economics at the Faculty of Medicine at Ghent University (Belgium) and has more than 20 years experience in international health economics research. He is past-president of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) and is internationally known and respected for his inspiring lectures and training courses.