This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 779312

WORK PACKAGE 3

Developing a costing methodology and a database of unit costs

Objectives
  • To develop a costing methodology and methodological recommendations for computing homogeneous unit costs across EU countries, that in the long-term, can evolve into a common European costing methodology for economic evaluation.

  • To generate a minimum common dataset of health care costs (i.e. health-care services and goods/products) for EU countries

Methodology
  • Cost concepts will be clearly defined in order to ensure inter-country comparability.

  • A costing methodology will be developed based on a literature review, the adaptation and synthesis of existing methodologies and a posterior process of discussion and consensus

  • A search of existing health cost databases and sources of data will be carried out.

  • Appropriate data sources will be identified and costs will be collected and integrated in a common EU direct cost database for economic evaluation of health interventions. The selection of data will be made by validating and adjusting existing available data with the agreed costing methodology. 

Outcomes

The common costing methodology and the direct cost database will allow:

  • To make it feasible and more efficient to carry out multi-country studies in the EU

  • To facilitate the transfer and reutilization of economic evaluation models and analyses across EU countries

  • To allow the comparison of health care costs and to identify the factors that account for variations across EU countries.

  • A secondary application of the unit costs dataset will be to enable analysts to understand and explain variations in costs within and across countries. 

Research Update

January 2019 – IMPACT HTA 2nd Project Meeting (Presentation PDF)

June 2019 – A general Framework for Classifying costing methods for economic evaluation in health care, XXXIX Jornadas de Economía de Salud (Presentation PDF)

November 2019 – Abstract, ISPOR (PDF)

Lead

Escuela Andaluza de Salud Publica SA

Principal Investigator

Jaime Espín