Nutrition economics of disease related malnutrition
For pharmaceuticals and other health technologies including devices, it is common practice since several years to show their added value using health economics data such in supporting the application for reimbursement. Time has now come for dietitians/nutritionists to demonstrate their added value within a complete patient treatment plan, in order to be a serious player in the era of competitive funding in health care. Not just at the macro level (government), but also at the meso (institutions) and micro (patient) level. Given the increasing pressure on policy makers and health care providers to obtain as much health benefit as possible within a limited budget, cost-effectiveness analyzes are increasingly important.
Although the general methods for performing health economic evaluations can also be applied to (medical) nutrition, experts concluded that specific characteristics of nutrition need special attention. Therefore a new area within the field of ‘health economics’ has been developed, called ‘Nutrition Economics’ (NE).
This toolkit consists of the explanation of the basics of Nutrition Economics, available NE data and recommendations nutritional intervention.
This toolkit was explained during the EFAD conference on the 29th and 30th of September in Rotterdam by