The State of Health Economics in Alberta: A Review of Need, Capacity, and Action
Cost is a critical element in almost all public or private decisions regarding health care and human services. While cost as “opportunity cost” is straightforward on a conceptual level, making the concept operational, quantifying costs and integrating such information into decision analysis is a continuing challenge. An IHE conference, “On the State of the Art in Costing Methods: Workshop” was held January 21-22, 2015.
Innovative Funding Models: Kidney Care Policy Options for the Future – Summary Report
The current approach to funding kidney care in Alberta is not aligned with the strategic goals for Alberta Kidney Care, and the Alberta Health Services Kidney – Strategic Clinical Network, including increasing the appropriate use of home dialysis, non-dialysis supportive care, and kidney transplantation. Current funding models, which are not well aligned with these priorities, should be re-examined to ensure consistent access to the most effective evidencebased therapies across the province, and to capitalize on new technologies that would support patients and caregivers for greater independence.
On the State of the Art in Costing Methods: Summary Report
The discipline of health economics can provide important information that can form part of the evidence-base for health care decision-making in Alberta. This work, conducted by the Institute for Health Economics (IHE) and the University of Calgary (Health Economics group), was performed to better understand the unmet educational needs and health economics products that could support people in the province, and to determine the current capacity for conducting health economics in Alberta