Visible Fairness (2002)
Cost-Effectiveness as a Criterion for Medical and Coverage Decisions
This regional project was a community-wide dialogue on the role that cost plays in healthcare treatment and coverage decisions. Designed to gauge the public’s notion of cost-effectiveness as a component of medically necessary care, this was an extension of Stanford University’s earlier report on Defining Medical Necessity. Consumers weighed in on one of society's most difficult dilemmas: how to balance the medical needs of individuals with those of the larger community. CHCD conducted a written survey of 500+ physicians, held 25 discussion groups with 263 consumers and commissioned a 500-person random phone survey of the general public. Results were presented in CA and nationally. To see how average consumers debate a controversial health policy issue, see this 8½ minute video.
- Cost-Effectiveness as a Criterion for Medical and Coverage Decisions: Understanding and Responding to Community Perspectives