Gerald Chodak, MD | Authors

The Economics of Prostate Cancer Screening

October 01, 1997

As health-care costs escalate, health-care planners must determine how the allocation of health-care dollars should be prioritized. One approach is to assess the cost of achieving a quality-adjusted year of life and then allocating the dollars in descending order, from least to most expensive, until all available money has been expended. Of course, calculating the cost per life-year is the real challenge because it is usually determined from mathematical decision models, which include many assumptions that may be subject to criticism.