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1 Overview of the day Introduction to Health Economics Introduction to Economic Evaluations LUNCH Appraising Economic Evaluations practical Prioritisation and Resource Allocation Practical

2 Introduction to Health Economics Dr Carol Chatt Dr Arun Ahluwalia

3 Learning Outcomes Gain a general understanding of health economics Be aware of different types of economic evaluation Be able to critically appraise an economic evaluation Gain an understanding and experience of prioritisation & resource allocation

4 What do you think? The over-riding duty of a doctor is to ensure the best possible outcome for their patient …and cost should not be a factor The patient should not be concerned about the cost of treatment being given to them Life-saving interventions are preferable to those that improve the quality of life

5 The NHS context The NHS has limited resources Although spending has increased!

6 The NHS context The public have increasing expectations Source: HES Data

7 The NHS context We need to decide what we can afford with our limited budget Health Economics is about choice But for every choice there is an ‘opportunity cost’

8 Key Concept – Opportunity Cost “The value of foregone benefit which could be obtained from a resource in its best alternative use E.g. if you have a holiday and you take a 2 week cruise…you forego the opportunity of going skiing

9 In the NHS, how do we choose which treatments to provide?  Economic evaluation

10 Economic Evaluation “The comparative analysis of alternative course of action in terms of both their costs and consequences in order to assist policy decisions” (Drummond & McGuire, 2001) This does not just mean always choosing the cheapest options We must also consider the consequences (or outcomes) of each option, including equity

11 Key Concept: Equity “A system of justice based on conscience and fairness” Equality is giving everyone the same share Equity is giving everyone a share according to their need – Horizontal equity – Equal treatment of equals – Vertical equity – Unequal treatment of unequals

12 Economic Evaluation components Costs – To the NHS – To the whole public sector (e.g. social services) – To the patient (e.g. time off work, transport to appointments, etc) – (Resources saved) Consequences – Health state change – Other gains e.g. employment Narrow costing perspective Wider costing perspective

13 Types of evaluation

14 Types of Economic Evaluation 1.CMACost-Minimisation Analysis 2.CCA*Cost-Consequence Analysis* 3.CBACost-Benefit Analysis 4.CEACost-Effectiveness Evaluation 5.CUACost-Utility Analysis *not considered by some to be a true economic evaluation

15 1Cost-Minimisation Analysis Requires evidence that outcomes are equivalent Cheapest option is preferable Simvastatin and Atorvastatin lead to similar cholesterol reductions – Simvastatin 40mg costs £1.17 per month – Atorvastatin 20mg costs £24.64 per month

16 2Cost-Consequence Analysis Costs and consequences are reported separately Costs and consequences not aggregated into single measures Needs interpretation – may be influenced by personal judgment

17 3Cost-Benefit Evaluation Costs and consequences measured in terms of money If sum of consequences is greater than cost, treatment is acceptable Methodologically can be difficult accurately assigning monetary values – What is the monetary value of an extra 6 months of life? Also need to consider problems of a fixed budget E.g. Triptan drug costs £4 per migraine, saved £12.50 in work absences

18 3Cost-Benefit Analysis cont.

19 4Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Outcomes measures in ‘natural units’ – E.g. years of life saved, symptom-free days, number of cases detected Difficult to compare interventions that are measured in different units

20 4Cost-Effectiveness Analysis cont.

21 5Cost-Utility Analysis Consequences presented as a single generic measure (e.g. Quality Adjusted Life Year, QALY) Similar to CEA but now able to compare consequences of treatments with different outcomes, e.g. life-saving treatments can be compared to life-improving treatments Which intervention has a better Cost-Utility outcome? – Hip replacement – Coronary Artery Bypass Graft £2000 per QALY gained £1100 per QALY gained

22 QALYs Combines: – Quality of Life (QoL) – Length of Life Measuring QoL: – Can use HRQoL questionnaire e.g. EQ-5D – Or a direct valuation Visual Analogue Scale Standard Gamble Time Trade Off

23 EQ-5D Example results for 5 patients using EQ-5D PatientABCDE Mobility11235 Self-Care12245 Usual Activities12345 Pain or discomfort12345 Anxiety or depression12345 QoL Score QoL 1 = perfect health QoL 0 equivalent to death QoL <0 = worse than death

24 Standard Gamble The respondent chooses between two alternatives with two possible outcomes: a good outcome with the probability p and a bad outcome with the probability of 1-p The probability of outcomes is varied until the respondent is indifferent about the two alternatives (Columbia University, 2012)

25 Standard Gamble example You are paraplegic (can’t walk), and offered a treatment which has: – 70% chance of perfect recovery for 30 years…then death (BUT a 30% chance of instant death) or – Remain in your current health state for 30 years …then death

26 Standard Gamble example How about: – 80% chance of recovery with 20% chance of death – Or remain as you are

27 Time Trade-Off The respondent is asked to choose between 2 alternatives, e.g. 30 years as a person with paraplegia or 28 years of perfect health 30 years as a person with paraplegia or 20 years of perfect health

28 QALYs QALY = Σ (QoL × Length of time in that state) 1 QALY is one year of perfect health Calculating QALYs mini-practical

29 Advantages of QALYs A convenient non-monetary unit Can compare life-extending / life-improving / life-saving interventions

30 Disadvantages of QALYs Only considers outcome of patient – Ignores effects on family, society, etc – Only measures health-related effects Assumes that the value of the health state is independent of the duration – Humans adapt! Elicitation method – Sensitivity of EQ-5D is a separate issue – Valuation depends on who is asked (Dr > public > patients) Inherently ageist If you reject QALYs what do you use instead?

31 How to present your CEA and CUA results (1) What is the difference in costs and the difference in consequences of a new treatment compared to the current treatment? The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) is: ICER =Difference in costs_______ Difference in consequences This calculates the cost per extra unit of benefit

32 How to present CEA and CUA results (2) The cost-effectiveness plane NE SW NW SE Difference in effectiveness Difference in cost Current treatment

33 “North West never invest… South East always invest” NE SW NW SE Difference in effectiveness Difference in cost New treatment is more expensive and less effective New treatment is less expensive and more effective

34 The North East quadrant – A or B ? NE SW NW SE Difference in effectiveness Difference in cost A B Ceiling Ratio (R c ) Ceiling Ratio – this is an arbitrary upper limit on what ‘we’ are willing to pay NICE set this at about £20,000 to £30,000 per QALY

35 South West quadrant – C or D ? NE SW NW SE Difference in effectiveness Difference in cost C D Ceiling Ratio (R c )

36 The cost-effectiveness plane ENE WSW NW SE Difference in effectiveness Difference in cost Ceiling Ratio (R c ) NNE SSW Alternative is cost-effective Alternative dominates current Current is not cost-effective Current dominates alternative

37 References Barton P (2012). Lecture: Economic Evaluation in Health Care: an Introduction. Columbia University (2012). m [accessed 31/08/2012) m Drummond M & McGuire A (2001). Economic Evaluation in Health Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press. EQ-5D (2012). scoring-for-the-eq-5d-5l-eq-5d-5l-crosswalk-index-value- calculator.html [accessed 31/08/2012]http://www.euroqol.org/news-list/article/interim- scoring-for-the-eq-5d-5l-eq-5d-5l-crosswalk-index-value- calculator.html Maheswaran H (2003). Lecture: WM Masterclass. Wells NE, Steiner TJ (2001). Effectiveness of eletriptan in reducing time loss caused by migraine attacks. Pharmacoeconomics 2001;18:557–66.


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