OHE collaborated with the Centre for Health Economics of the University of York in hosting workshop for policy makers and their advisers on NHS reforms. Discussion centred on economic evidence needed to drive the reforms and the gaps that now exist. The post reports key concerns and observations.
Does including the name of a specific severe disease in preference surveys affect public attitudes toward resource allocation? A recent proof of concept study suggests that 'naming' does not increase preferences for allocating more resources to severe diseases when improvement is likely to be modest.
Earlier this month, the first set of data on post operative patient reported outcomes (PROMs) was published by the Department of Health (DH). For the first time, this has provided a patient-based assessment of changes in patients’ health related quality of life following hip replacement. The data also cover surgery on knees, varicose veins and groin hernias.
Jon Sussex, Deputy Director of the OHE, researches incentives and competition in UK health services. In July, he presented findings on ‘Payment by Results’ to the Health and Social Care Conference held by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.
Each year, OHE sponsors an Annual Lecture that examines an important issue in health care. In late June, Dr Alan Garber spoke on US health care reform. This is the second of two posts that summarises his remarks. It reviews some of the key provision of the law, summarises the factors that will affect its impact, and considers whether US health care will improve as a result.
Each year, OHE sponsors an Annual Lecture that examines an important issue in health care. In late June, Dr Alan Garber spoke on US health care reform. This is the first of two posts that summarises his remarks. It reviews the background for and the intent of the new legislation signed into law in March 2010.