Several studies have sought to determine the monetary value of health gains expressed as quality adjusted life years (QALYs) gained, predominantly using willingness to pay approaches. However, willingness to pay has a number of recognized problems, most notably its insensitivity to scope. This paper presents an alternative approach to estimate the monetary value of a QALY, which is based on the time trade-off method. Moreover, it presents the results of an online study conducted in the Netherlands exploring the feasibility of this novel approach. The results seem promising, but also highlight a number of methodological problems with this approach, most notably nontrading and the elicitation of negative values. Additional research is necessary to try to overcome these problems and to determine the potential of this new approach.

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The European Journal of Health Economics
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Tilling, C., Krol, M., Attema, A., Tsuchiya, A., Brazier, J., van Exel, J., & Brouwer, W. (2016). Exploring a new method for deriving the monetary value of a QALY. The European Journal of Health Economics, 17(7), 801–809. doi:10.1007/s10198-015-0722-9