Ongelijke discontering van zorgkosten en -effecten: verwarrend

Translated title of the contribution: Unequal discounting of health care costs and effects causes confusion

Marjolein van Ballegooijen, Inge M.C.M. de Kok*, J. Dik F. Habbema

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Abstract

Discounting is a widely accepted practice in cost-effectiveness analysis to weigh future costs and effects for their timing. In 2006, the Dutch Health Care Insurance Board revised its recommended rates for discounting. They recommended differential discounting of costs and effects, whereby effects are discounted at a lower rate relative to the costs. The question is whether this guideline is to be generally used for decision-making in the Netherlands. We show how the use of unequal discount rates leads to confusing cost-effectiveness results and why further implementation guidelines are essential.

Translated title of the contributionUnequal discounting of health care costs and effects causes confusion
Original languageDutch
Article numberA1970
Pages (from-to)1180-1181
Number of pages2
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume154
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2010

Research programs

  • EMC NIHES-02-65-01

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