Research in Progress (RIP): "Defining Efficient Pathways toward Universal Health Coverage using Extended Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (ECEA)"



Stephane Verguet, University of Washington

Date and Time

January 21, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

FSI Contact

Nicole Feldman

All research in progress seminars are off-the-record. Any information about methodology and/or results are embargoed until publication.


How a government chooses to finance a health intervention has consequences in multiple domains. The choice of financing mechanisms can affect the uptake of health interventions and lead to widespread health gains. In addition to health gains, certain policies like public finance can insure against the need to make expenditures which would otherwise throw households into poverty. We present methods of extended cost-effectiveness analysis (ECEA) for evaluating the consequences of health policies on health, impoverishment and equity which estimate health gains (deaths averted), financial risk protection afforded (cases of poverty averted), and distributional consequences of health policies. The ECEA approach incorporates financial risk protection and equity into the systematic evaluation of health policy. ECEA allows policymakers to determine the efficient purchase of both financial risk protection and equity in addition to health for a given benefits package, toward universal health coverage.