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PECUNIA reference unit costing templates for health, social care services and other services

Susanne Mayer; Claudia Fischer; Judit Simon; PECUNIA Group

Due to currently lacking internationally comparable measurement and valuation methods for services for mental disorders delivered in the health and social care sectors, Work Package (WP) 1 of the ProgrammE in Costing, resource use measurement and outcome valuation for Use in multi-sectoral National and International health economic evaluAtions (PECUNIA, 2018-2021) focuses on the development of these methods. The first aim of WP1 was to establish harmonised health and social care service lists and and/or resource descriptions for the six participating PECUNIA countries (Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom) for mental disorders. Further, a standardized health and social care module for a multi-sectoral service and resource-use measurement (RUM) instrument was to be developed ensuring cross-country comparability and transferability. In line with the final objective of WP1, based on the identified services and their descriptions and compatible with the developed RUM instrument (Horizontal Activities 1-3, HAs1-3), standardized costing templates for health and social care services were to be developed in accordance with HA4 (‘Valuation’), corresponding to Deliverable 1.4.


This Deliverable 1.4 report presents the activities and results related to the final objective of WP1, i.e. the development of standardized unit cost templates for the health and social care sectors by the Medical University of Vienna (Department of Health Economics, Center for Public Health) until December 2019. Note that in line with the PECUNIA care atom, based on the lists of resource use items identified in WPs1-4, it was established that the WP1 costing approaches were not only applicable to services in the health and social care sectors (WP1) but were to be designed to cover services delivered in other sectors.


Suggested citation: Mayer S, Fischer C, Simon J, on behalf of the PECUNIA Group (2019): Standardized costing template for selected costing approaches: health and social care. Deliverable D1.4: PECUNIA project. Department of Health Economics, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4279100


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