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Evidence based budgeting is now necessary

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:384
  1. David Massel, director (David.Massel@LHSC.ON.CA)
  1. Cardiac Care Unit, London Health Sciences Centre, Division of Cardiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 4G5

    EDITOR—The BMJ's occasional notes on economics will certainly enlighten physicians on important aspects of health economics. As Palmer and Torgerson mention, the application of economic analyses remains a challenge to decision makers everywhere.1 Although the efficiencies covered in the note are invaluable as starting points for the allocation of resources, it sometimes seems that the decision making is made easier by the application of two other global measures …

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