Time preferences for health gains: an empirical investigation

Health Econ. 1993 Oct;2(3):257-65. doi: 10.1002/hec.4730020309.


The purpose of this study was to elicit the implied discount rates to be used in economic evaluations of health care programmes. The paper presents results from two Norwegian surveys in which a random sample of the population and a sample of health planners were asked to prioritise between alternative health care programmes, and make trade-offs between future health gains and more immediate gains. The questionnaire had four hypothetical choice situations; two for life saving and two for health improvement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Priorities
  • Health Resources / supply & distribution*
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway
  • Program Evaluation / economics*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sampling Studies
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Value of Life*