Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
GARCIA FARINAS, Anaí; GALVEZ GONZALEZ, Ana María and GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, José Félix. Critical methodological aspects of the health economic assessments in the Cuban setting. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2010, vol.36, n.3, pp. 233-235. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662010000300007.
A number of factors are involved as determinants in the sustained increase of health care costs, all of which has forced the governments worldwide to prioritize the allocation of the available resources among several health expenditure choices. In the face of this situation, it is extremely important to achieve higher efficiency in the use of existing resources. This paper presented the basic steps to make health economic assessments, still very limited in Cuba, in order to contribute to a better understanding. It delved into two specific actions of this type of study, that is, identification of comparison options and analysis of results. Despite the step forward represented by the Cuban Health Economic Assessment Guideline in the methodological field, it is necessary to insist on the methodological rigor that this type of studies must have.
Keywords : Economic assessment; health technologies; methodology; methodological guideline.