How Does the Cost of Care Influence the Effectiveness of Health Care Delivery?

  • Joan Rovira
  • Patricia Alegre


This paper addresses the issue of how economists -or rather, how economic analysis- approaches the issue of quality of life in relation to health care in general and, more specifically, in relation to the efficiency of the treatment of cancer and AIDS. Economic analysis is concerned with human wellbeing and how this is affected by the allocation of limited resources. Economic analysis must address issues of how to allocate limited budgets among treatments for patients whose needs are practically unlimited. We can state that there is a need of health care if there is an effective treatment for a given condition, i.e., if an individual’s health status can be improved by providing him or her a certain type and amount of health care.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Endometrial Carcinoma Human Immunodeficiency Virus Patient Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infected Patient Quality Oflife 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Rovira
    • 1
  • Patricia Alegre
    • 1
  1. 1.Soikos SEBarcelonaEspaña

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