Cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants in developing countries.

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Cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants in developing countries.


JournalCurrent opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery
Publication date – Jun – 2018
Authors – Magro, I; Emmett, SD; Saunders, J
Keywordscochlear implants, cost effective
Open access – No
SpecialityENT surgery
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on July 21, 2018 at 12:00 am
Abstract:

Cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants is a major concern for expanding these services to low-income and middle-income developing countries.Recent studies have applied appropriate methodology to make determination of cost-effectiveness for cochlear implants in developing countries. In addition, important parameters that effect cost-effectiveness have been reviewed in a systematic way. The combination of these new studies along with existing reports of cochlear implant programmes in developing countries allows for a discussion of cost and outcomes determinants that drive cost-effectiveness in these environments.Cochlear implants are a very cost-effective treatment for profound hearing loss in all high-resource countries and in many low-income and middle-income developing countries. A number of cost considerations affect cost-effectiveness of cochlear implants in developing countries including device cost and device-related expenses such as power consumption and reliability, but also including rehabilitation and access-related expenses. Large-scale programmes confer an advantage for cost-effectiveness, primarily through device-related savings.

OSI Number – 10180
PMID – 29528875

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