Economic Aspects of AIDS and HIV Infection (Health Systems Research)
AIDS has serious economic consequences. Taken seriously, they cannot be confined to predictions of costs intended to support the AIDS issue in the struggle for resources. Besides cost calculations - a methodologically tricky and wide-ranging topic in itself - and their application to costeffectiveness and other analyses, economic issues include identifying and assessing patterns of care, analyzing problems of financing, exploring impacts on markets other than health care, and modelling scenarios for future developments and strategies. At present, the economic aspects of AIDS still constitute a very recent topic in European health economics and health systems research. On behalf of the Concerted Action Committee (COMAC) on Health Services Research, the GSF-Institut fuer Medizinische Informatik und Systemforschung convened an international conference in Munich, March 1989. The focus of the COMAC conference and of this book is on the exploration of economic aspects, on empirical approaches, on case studies, and, last but not least, on modelling techniques for economic scenarios.