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In Memoriam: Willard G. Manning, 1946-2014

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Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts and Healthcare Utilization

SummaryAssuming symmetric information, we show that a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) combined with a tax-favored health savings account (HSA) induces more savings and less treatment compared with a full coverage plan under reasonable risk preferences.

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This Ad is for You: Targeting and the Effect of Alcohol Advertising on Youth Drinking

AbstractEndogenous targeting of alcohol advertisements presents a challenge for empirically identifying a causal effect of advertising on drinking.

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Income Transfers and Maternal Health: Evidence from a National Randomized Social Cash Transfer…

Abstract There is promising recent evidence that poverty-targeted social cash transfers have potential to improve maternal health outcomes; however, questions remain surrounding design features responsible for impacts.

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Crystal Clear? The Relationship Between Methamphetamine Use and Sexually Transmitted Infections

SUMMARY Public health officials have cited methamphetamine control as a tool with which to decrease HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, based on previous research that finds a strong positive correlation between methamphetamine use and risky sexual behavior.

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The Welfare Cost of Homicides in Brazil: Accounting for Heterogeneity in the Willingness to Pay…

ABSTRACT This paper estimates the health dimension of the welfare cost of homicides in Brazil incorporating age, gender, educational, and regional heterogeneities.

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Does job insecurity deteriorate health?

SUMMARYThis paper estimates the causal effect of perceived job insecurity – that is, the fear of involuntary job loss – on health in a sample of men from 22 European countries.

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Medicare Part B Intensity and Volume Offset

SUMMARYUnder Medicare Part B, adjustments to the fee schedule are made under the assumption that physicians and hospitals make up for fee reductions through increased service provision called volume offsetting’.

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Informal Care and Caregiver’s Health

Abstract This study aims to measure the causal effect of informal caregiving on the health and health care use of women who are caregivers, using instrumental variables.

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COMMUNICATING THE PARAMETER UNCERTAINTY IN THE IQWiG EFFICIENCY FRONTIER TO DECISION-MAKERS

ABSTRACT The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) developed—in a consultation process with an international expert panel—the efficiency frontier (EF) approach to satisfy a range of legal requirements for economic evaluation in Germany’s statutory health insurance system. The EF approach is distinctly different from other health economic approaches. Here, we evaluate established tools for assessing and communicating parameter uncertainty in terms of their applicability to the EF approach. Among these are tools that perform the following: (i) graphically display overall uncertainty within the IQWiG EF (scatter plots, confidence bands, and contour plots) and (ii) communicate the uncertainty around the reimbursable price. We found that, within the EF approach, most established plots were not always easy to interpret

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RATIONAL CENTRE SELECTION FOR RCTs WITH A PARALLEL ECONOMIC EVALUATION—THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS…

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ABSTRACT The paper discusses the impact of centre selection on the generalisability of randomised controlled trial (RCT)-based economic evaluations and suggests a future research agenda. The first section briefly reviews the current methods for addressing generalisability. We argue that these methods make no verifiable assumptions about how representative the recruiting centres are to the population of centres in the jurisdiction. The second section uses data from a multicentre RCT to illustrate that cost-effectiveness estimates can be influenced by the sample of recruiting centres. Finally, we propose two concepts that may advance generalisability research.

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Universal Public Finance of Tuberculosis Treatment in India: An Extended Cost-Effectiveness…

Abstract Universal public finance (UPF)—government financing of an intervention irrespective of who is receiving it—for a health intervention entails consequences in multiple domains.

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Taxonomy for Methods of Resource Use Measurement

Abstract Resource use measures, including forms, diaries and questionnaires, are ubiquitous in trial-based economic evaluations in the UK.

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