Health Economics

  • A characteristic of a health care system that is commonly desired or sometimes (as in Canada) required by statute. It relates to the range of services that are or ought to be provided, typically including all those deemed 'medically necessary' (which is not equivalent to 'cost-effective'; nor is it an unambiguous idea). It usually covers in-patient and out-patient care, and community-based services including pharmacy, dentistry and ophthalmology services.