Is rehabilitation cost effective?
) (Centre for Health Economics, The University of York) Ken Wright Abstract It is imperative that health care resources are spent as efficiently as possible by committing them to demonstrably cost-effective treatments and procedures. The NHS reforms of 1989 aimed to help achieve this by separating out the roles of purchaser and provider. In doing so, ‘trade’ between them will be more explicit and accountable. Both purchasers and providers therefore require information about the costs and consequences of treatment options to enable them to make informed decisions about which treatments to fund. The current literature concerning the cost-effectiveness of rehabilitation options is, however, poor in terms of both quantity and quality. The majority of the studies reviewed evaluate rehabilitation options without first adequately establishing their effectiveness. Without such evidence, rehabilitation resources are potentially being wasted. Download InfoTo download: If you experience problems