Assessing Community Values in Health Care: Is the 'Willingness to Pay' Method Feasible?
Health Care Analysis. 1997 Mar; 5(1): 7-29.
In this paper an economics approach to assessing community values in health care priority setting is examined. The approach is based on the concept of 'willingness to pay' (WTP). Eighty two parents were interviewed with regard to three aspects of provision of child health services. For each aspect a choice of two courses of action was presented. Parents were asked which course of action they preferred and what was the maximum amount of money they would be prepared to pay for this rather than their less preferred option. WTP responses are acceptable to the majority of respondents and appear to 'behave' in accordance with
Alternatives; Children; Costs and Benefits; Decision Making; Economics; Evaluation; Evaluation Studies; Geographic Factors; Government; Government Financing; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Facilities; Health Services; Methods; Parents; Public Participation; Resource Allocation; Surgery; Survey; Values;
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