OHE Publications

OHE releases a number of publications throughout the year, authored by OHE team members and/or outside experts. All are free for download as pdf files; hard copies of some publications are available upon request.

A description of the OHE publications categories.


 

Health Economics Research Group, Office of Health Economics and RAND Europe.

Consulting Report
November 2008

Understanding the nature, extent and processes involved in the return on investment in medical research has been largely neglected as an area of serious scientific study. This report is the outcome of a one-year study commissioned by the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the UK Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. Its purpose is to compare the economic benefits accruing in the UK from medical research funded in the UK, publicly or by charities only, to the cost of that research.

Dawson, D. and Mountford, L.

Briefing
September 2008

In 2008, the European Commission published a proposal for a Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border health care.  This followed two 1998 landmark rulings of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that appeared to affirm the right of patients to obtain reimbursement from their own health care systems for health care that they purchased from another EU Member State, without prior authorization.

Cross, J.T. and Garrison, L.

Briefing
August 2008

This Briefing reports the discussions of a group of experts at an OHE workshop on the benefit-risk assessments of drugs. The objective was to identify how particular tools and methods used in economic analysis and the decision sciences might improve the methodologies that regulatory authorities apply to evaluate drug benefit and risk.

Chauhan, D. and Sussex, J.

Monograph
March 2008

About one pound of every eleven spent in the UK goes to health care, most to NHS care. A large body of data is available on health care inputs and expenditures; far less is known about the outcomes that the resources and activities produce. Yet, knowing the outcomes achieved by health services is essential to being able to achieve the greatest benefit, the best patient care, from the resources used. The effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of the NHS all depend on knowing the outcomes it is achieving.

For Schools
January 2007

For over a decade, the OHE website included a popular interactive e-source, The Economics of Health Care, focusing on the UK and aimed at post-16 students of economic courses. Because the details of how the NHS is organised have changed considerably, we have moved this material to the archive. We continue to make them available because the basic concepts of health economics and the types of issues the NHS faces have not changed.

Murray, C.

Monograph
April 2006

Annual lecture by Christopher Murray, who speaks in the UK about the work on health systems performance assessment (HSPA) at the World Health Organization. He gives some reflections on this work and traces some implications for the UK. These reflections are based on five years of work involving a large number of researchers and policy analysts at WHO and in academic institutions around the world.

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