Health Care Systems

In December 2010, the UK Department of Health released a consultation document to elicit comments on ‘proposals for a new value-based system of pricing medicines which aims to recognise and reward innovation. The document sets out the principles that would underpin the move to value-based pricing, outlines how the new system could work across the UK and seeks views on a number of key issues’.

Competition in the NHS is viewed as if it must either be for everything the NHS provides to patients or for nothing. Neither extreme is likely to produce the most socially beneficial outcome. To examine the appropriate role of competition in the NHS, the OHE has established an expert Commission on Competition, expected to produce a report by year's end.

OHE is pleased to welcome Jamie Garside to the team. Jamie recently graduated with an MSc in health economics (with Distinction) from City University London.

OHE was awarded a UK Department of Health grant to further develop three aspects of health status indexes. Results of the second of these, advances in Time Trade Off methodology, are reported in this post.

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.

OHE is pleased to announce that Professor Nancy Devlin, Director of Research, has been elected as Chair of the EuroQol Group’s executive committee, effective as from November 2010.

Now available is the full text of Dr Alan Garber's remarks at the OHE Annual Lecture. Each year, the OHE sponsors a lecture that explores a timely issue in medicine and/or health economics.

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.

Obesity is an increasing challenge in England, as elsewhere. OHE has completed a study that examines PCT practice and the cost savings that could accrue if NICE guidance was followed more closely.

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