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Monday, June 11, 2007

The cost of health

People do put a price tag on their existence, a story in a special section on the business of health says in today's New York Times.

Studies of real-world situations produce relatively consistent results, suggesting that average Americans value a year of life at $100,000 to $300,000, Peter J. Neumann, director of a program at Tufts-New England Medical Center that measures the cost-effectiveness of new treatments, told the Times.

The story also quotes David Cutler, a professor of economics at Harvard and author of "Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America’s Health-Care System." He says such estimates have value, at least as guides to the diseases and conditions that people will spend the most to avoid.

kingsdale150.bmpAlso in the Times section, Jon Kingsdale (left) of the Commonwealth Health Care Connector and John McDonough of Health Care For All describe the challenges of implementing Massachusetts' new healthcare law.

"We’ll try to be the test laboratory for the rest of the country," Kingsdale said.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 08:25 AM
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