Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Research Tool for Evaluating Innovative Health Programs

J. Lyle Bootman, Clayton Rowland, Albert I. Wertheimer

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This article reviews the evaluation methodology known as cost-benefit analysis. Studies which have utilized this technique are presented and briefly reviewed. In addition, the closely related technique known as cost-effectiveness (C-E) analysis is described and contrasted with cost-benefit analysis. Several research articles utilizmg C-E are described. It is recommended that cost-benefit analysis be used as a mechanism to evaluate innovative health programs. This may be the sole mechanism that will enable health practitioners to cost-justify their innovative services to the federal government and other third-party payers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-154
Number of pages26
JournalEvaluation & the Health Professions
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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