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Box 15.1.a: Archie Cochrane on health economics (Cochrane 1972)

“Allocations of funds and facilities are nearly always based on the opinions of senior consultants, but, more and more, requests for additional facilities will have to be based on detailed arguments with ‘hard evidence’ as to the gain to be expected from the patients’ angle and the cost. Few can possibly object to this.” (p.82).


“If we are ever going to get the ‘optimum’ results from our national expenditure on the NHS we must finally be able to express the results in the form of the benefit and the cost to the population of a particular type of activity, and the increased benefit that would be obtained if more money were made available.” (p.2).