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Economic Evaluation: Cost as a Yardstick to Aid County-Level Health Program Design
American Evaluation Association Conference: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries (co-sponsored with the Canadian Evaluation Society)
  • Peter E. Hilsenrath, University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Victoria Phillips, Emory University
Document Type
Conference Presentation
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Conference Dates
October 26-29, 2005
Date of Presentation
10-29-2005
Abstract
Resources for public health programs are limited. Analyzing how funds are spent is a first step in more efficiently using of funds. Public health departments support a variety of programs. Some programs have immediate costs, such as a vaccination; others have costs incurred over time, such as the identification and treatment of tuberculosis. Having a public health department in itself is a resource commitment, for which some resources are fixed, such as building costs. However, other resources are variable, and these are the ones that should be examined when comparing competing programs within the health department’s portfolio. Attaching prices to resource use can be controversial. In addition, costs borne by the public, such as time lost from work to come to the clinic, may affect what outcome the clinic observes for a given expenditure. Taking stock of resource allocation is an important first step in evaluating public health programs.
Citation Information
Peter E. Hilsenrath and Victoria Phillips. "Economic Evaluation: Cost as a Yardstick to Aid County-Level Health Program Design" American Evaluation Association Conference: Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries (co-sponsored with the Canadian Evaluation Society) (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter-hilsenrath/132/