This report provides the results of an economic surveillance analysis on the components of the Alberta healthcare system that are devoted to COPD prevention and treatment. It focuses on epidemiology (prevalence and incidence), service use, and cost indicators, and identifies gaps in the system that presumably add to the overall economic burden of COPD. PDF of the above image: IHE…
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This work, conducted by the Institute for Health Economics (IHE) and the University of Calgary (Health Economics group), was performed to better understand the unmet educational needs and health economics products that could support people in the province, and to determine the current capacity for conducting health economics in Alberta. This paper seeks to understand the needs…
The objective of this paper is to estimate the additional costs to the criminal justice system associated with people with mental illness who go through the system. The focus of the report is on costs in Alberta.
This report is an analysis of the theoretical basis for value-based pricing, relevant international developments, and areas for improvement within Canada’s current patented drug pricing system. This report intends to inform future policy research, advice, and Canadian drug policy discussions regarding the feasibility and implementation of value-based pricing approaches.
This service and evaluation project originated from the Alberta courts via the collaboration of two Alberta Ministries; (1) Alberta Justice & Soliciter General and (2) Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The impetus arose when a judge in an environmental protection case observed a need for additional attention to the mental health of workers. An Alberta…
This study measures the return on investment for parent training at the pre- or early childhood stage. The purpose is to prevent conduct disorders in childhood, and mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood. The program studied is the Triple P program. The context is a one year birth cohort in Alberta. The costs are for a universal parental training program. The downstream…
The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) has completed a scan to determine what public health-related costs are borne by government departments, ministries, and agencies. The final report, Everybody’s Business: The Cost of Multi-Department Involvement in Public Health in Alberta, was funded by Alberta Health Services (AHS) as part of the Project 2030 initiative that saw the…
The Alberta Survey of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health in the Workforce: 2009 is the third such study conducted since 1992. It provides an interesting, comprehensive picture of many issues related to the mental health of workers across all sectors in Alberta. Introduction IHE is pleased to release the final report of The Alberta Survey of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health…
This overview provides an analysis of the economic landscape of primary care in Alberta and a discussion of the proposed reforms in terms of ends and means.
The economic impact of mental illness and addictions is felt throughout society - in the health care system, the social services system, education, criminal justice, and the workplace. In this booklet we conducted a provincial and national level analysis of the expenditures on mental health and addictions in Canada.
This report on assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) is a literature review and secondary analyses of administrative health data conducted to provide information on the direct health care costs associated with multiple pregnancies and the potential cost impact of ARTs in Alberta. It examines the impact of multiple pregnancies and Assistive Reproductive Technologies on health…
How much should we spend on mental health? provides an overview of the various approaches that have been used to answer the question of health spending, applied to the mental health context. Estimates using several of the approaches are provided. Information Specialists: Trish Chatterley, Liz Dennett
Evaluation of enzyme immunoassay and immunoblot testing for the diagnosis of syphilis in Alberta. A new protocol for testing and diagnosing syphilis has been proposed in Alberta. The protocol proposes replacing rapid plasma reagin (RPR) with enzyme immunoassay (EIA) as the standard initial test and replacing Treponema pallidum (T. pallidum) particle agglutination assay (TPPA) and…
Institute of Health Economics Working Paper WP 06-02. The purpose of this report is to examine the economic implications for the province if a supplement to the fee schedule were allowed for vacuum-assisted biopsies. NOTE: In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research HTA unit moved to IHE. Documents produced in and prior to 2006 have different formats; the format…
Institute of Health Economics Working Paper WP 06-01. The purpose of this report is to examine the economic issues associated with LGB. The following analyses were conducted: a systematic review of the economic literature on obesity-related interventions, with special attention to the differences between gastric bypass and gastric banding; an estimate of the Alberta population…
Institute of Health Economics Working Paper WP 06-04. The purpose of this analysis was to compare health care utilization as well as costs and mortality of individuals with diabetes in the province of Saskatchewan from 1999 to 2001, according to residential location. NOTE: In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research HTA unit moved to IHE. Documents produced in…
Institute of Health Economics Working Paper WP 05-06. The purpose of this study was to analyze epidemiologic and cost trends from 1991 to 2001 in the province of Saskatchewan for a cohort of individuals identified as having diabetes and for a randomly selected control cohort. The objectives were to: explore epidemiologic trends (i.e., prevalence, incidence and mortality) in diabetes…