Study shows effect on life expectancy of greater spending on treatmentBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39451.695775.DB (Published 10 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:64
- Roger Dobson
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 …