Estimating the Direct Costs of Illness

Accurate measures of direct costs of illness-from prevention through treatment and rehabilitation-are not just a matter of accounting nicety. Current methods overestimate national health care expenditures for hospitals and nursing homes, and underestimate expenditures for physicians, dentists, and drugs. Some real costs are omitted. Several alternative approaches to improve the scope and accuracy of estimates are explored.

Author(s): Anne A. Scitovsky

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Volume 60, Issue 3 (pages 463–491)
Published in 1982