The Role of Public and Private Transfers in the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Mental Health Programs

Health Economics, Volume 13, Issue 11, November 2004, Pages 1125-1136

Posted: 29 Oct 2018

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

This paper revisits the issue of whether to include maintenance costs in an economic evaluation in mental health. The source of these maintenance costs may be public or private transfers. The issue is discussed in terms of a formal costā€benefit criterion. It is shown that, when transfers have productivity effects, income distribution is important, and one recognizes that public transfers have tax implications, transfers can have real resource effects and cannot be ignored. The criterion is then applied to an evaluation of three case management programs in California that sought to reduce the intensive hospitalization of the severely mentally ill.

Suggested Citation

Brent, Robert J, The Role of Public and Private Transfers in the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Mental Health Programs (2004). Health Economics, Volume 13, Issue 11, November 2004, Pages 1125-1136, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3275011

Robert J Brent (Contact Author)

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