In BC’s public health care system, decision-makers have to choose what treatments and health programs to invest in, as the provincial budget cannot fund everything. To help make these tough choices, decision-makers often rely on information from ‘health economists’, researchers that specialize in health care costs and outcomes. To know which treatments and health programs provide the best value for money, health economists look closely at health care costs and outcomes using computer models.
Recently, many people have agreed that these computer models should be made publicly available, since British Columbians deserve to know what evidence informs decisions around health care funding. At UBC, a research group is currently working on a way to make these computer models available to the public, on a website called PRISM. However, the group is concerned that just making these models available is not enough, for two reasons:
The goal of this project is to ‘pilot test’ a process for filling these gaps:
Stephanie Harvard, co-lead
Mohsen Sadatsafavi, co-lead
Amin Adibi, co-lead
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