Capabilities

Definition

Health Economics

  • Basic abilities to perform various kinds of function have been proposed as a useful focus in thinking about equity both with respect to specific abilities of thought and action and the range of opportunities. Capabilities commonly considered in health economics include mobility, being pain-free, being adequately fed, having access to shelter, though in principle the range is much wider than this. Thus, disabled persons are likely to need more resources than others if they are to achieve equal mobility or, more generally, have the same chance of leading a life of quality. The idea originated with Amartya Sen and has since been developed for outcome measurement purposes in economic evaluations.
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