Study: Investment in Treatment for Select Conditions Pays Off
January 8, 2019
A study published in the January 2019 issue of Health Affairs found that health care spending for six out of seven conditions over a 20-year time period was both cost-effective and a source of high value creation.
The study, conducted by researchers at the National Pharmaceutical Council and RTI Health Solutions, was designed to assess whether increased medical intervention spending on prevalent conditions has been a good investment over time. Researchers examined spending for prevalent chronic conditions from 1995-2015 to determine the estimated changes in the cost and burden of disease (in terms of morbidity and mortality).
The top causes of mortality and morbidity were identified as ischemic heart disease, cancer of the trachea, bronchus, or lung, breast cancer, HIV, cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes. Using data on spending and outcomes for each condition, condition-specific cost effectiveness ratios were calculated by dividing the per person difference in costs between 2015 and 1995 by the per-person difference in disability-adjusted life years.
Key findings from the study, What’s Been the Bang for the Buck? Cost-Effectiveness of Health Care Spending Across Selected Conditions in the U.S., include: