Dollars and Sense: Using Health Economics to Inform Public Policy: Part 2

The Conference Board of Canada, July 14, 2016
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Economic analyses are an essential tool for policy makers who make difficult decisions regarding the allocation of scarce public health resources. However, traditional cost-effectiveness analyses are not always the most appropriate or useful approach for value assessment, particularly when the benefits of said investment are accrued over-time. So where’s the middle ground?

The Conference Board of Canada has taken a different approach to this analysis. Our research predominately focuses on a cost-consequence approach to estimating the burden of illnesses and the health and economic impact of health programs and policies, where direct costs are associated with health care system utilization, and indirect costs are associated with productivity and benefits to the economy.

In this two-part webinar series (July 12 and July 14), Dr. Thy Dinh will provide an overview of the key concepts in health economics and demonstrate how health economics can be used to answer difficult health policy questions, now and in the future. Thy will describe several approaches to estimating burden of illness, the health and economic impact of a new or proposed policy, and the benefits of "scaling-up" existing or pilot interventions to different or larger populations. Don’t miss this chance to hear information on resources that could be used by researchers, policy analysts, and public health practitioners who may not have the capacity or need to conduct full health economic evaluations.

Webinar Highlights

Part 2 will cover the following topics:

  • Health economics to answer public health policy questions – 2 examples
  • Health economics to answer health care system (service delivery) questions – 2 examples
  • Communicating complex health economic information (3Ms)
  • How the Conference Board of Canada employs health economics to respond to a range of policy issues

Part 1 covered the following topics:

  • Key concepts in health economics
  • Health economic policy questions
  • Overview of analytic approaches
  • Sources of health and economic data

About Thy

Dr. Thy Dinh is the Director of Health Economics within the Public Policy division at the Conference Board. The majority of her research falls under the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). At the Conference Board, Thy has led the research on the health and economic impact of interprofessional primary care teams and the health economics of healthy active living. Thy has a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from Queen’s University and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa.

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