Valuing inter-sectoral costs and benefits of interventions in the healthcare sector: methods for obtaining unit prices

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Introduction: There is a lack of knowledge about methods for valuing health intervention-related costs and monetary benefits in the education and criminal justice sectors, also known as ‘inter-sectoral costs and benefits’ (ICBs). The objective of this study was to develop methods for obtaining unit prices for the valuation of ICBs.
Methods: By conducting an exploratory literature study and expert interviews, several generic methods were developed. The methods’ feasibility was assessed through application in the Netherlands. Results were validated in an expert meeting, which was attended by policy makers, public health experts, health economists and HTA-experts, and discussed at several international conferences and symposia.
Results: The study resulted in four methods, including the opportunity cost method (A) and valuation using available unit prices (B), self-constructed unit prices (C) or hourly labor costs (D).
Discussion: The methods developed can be used internationally and are valuable for the broad international field of HTA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


  • inter-sectoral costs and benefits
  • valuation methods
  • costs and cost analysis
  • education
  • criminal justice
  • healthcare sector

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