Study shows effect on life expectancy of greater spending on treatment

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:64
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Every extra £13 000 (€17 500; $25 700) spent each year per patient in England on cancer treatment extends an individual life by one year. And for each patient with a circulatory disease an additional £8000 is enough to increase average life expectancy by 12 months.

    These are among the findings of a new health economics study (Journal of Health Economics doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2007.12.002).

    “These results challenge the widely held view that healthcare spending has little marginal impact on health,” said Peter Smith, one of the authors, from the Centre for Health Economics at …

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