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Bulletin of the World Health Organization - Cost-effectiveness of Cataract Surgery in a Public Health Eye Care Programme in Nepal
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Reference: Marseille, E. (1999). Bulletin of the World Health Organization - Cost-effectiveness of Cataract Surgery in a Public Health Eye Care Programme in Nepal, WHO. URL-http://apps.who.int/iris/
Programme planners and policy-makers are turning increasingly to cost-effectiveness assessments to guide the allocation of health care resources. The World Bank, for example, has systematically applied cost-effectiveness criteria to establish priorities for health spending in low-income countries. In 1993 it included cataract surgery in the "most highly cost-effective" category of health interventions (1, 2). This article presents a re-assessment of the cost-effectiveness of cataract surgery using cost and services data from the Lumbini Zonal Eye Care Programme in Nepal. The findings suggest that cataract surgery may be even more cost-effective than previously believed (cataract surgery was found to have a cost per "disability-adjusted life year" (DALY) of US$ 5.06). This is in the same range of cost-effectiveness as other well-accepted public health interventions.

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