Capacity to Benefit


Health Economics

  • In health economics, this term usually refers to the potential improvement in health an individual or group might achieve through the use of health services or through the instrumentality of some other determinant of health. It is not always appreciated that there can be a positive capacity to benefit even when health status is falling over time, provided that the care in question causes it to fall less than would otherwise be the case. The relevant comparison is not necessarily ' before and after ' but 'with and without'. Failure to appreciate this can lead to serious underestimation of the benefits of some procedures.