Health economics

Quantities and unit prices (cost inputs)

WHO-CHOICE uses a health sector perspective for costing, including overhead costs such as programme and training costs as well as patient level service delivery costs. The methodology used is a “bottom up” or “ingredients based” approach, whereby each resource required for the intervention is identified and valued.

The following menu leads to tables listing prices and other relevant information for cost analysis:

Health service delivery costs

Unit cost values for primary and secondary health care services in each member state, expressed both in international dollars, USD and local currency units for year 2010.

Prices of programme cost inputs

Tables listing the ingredients and prices for local (non-traded) goods used in estimating programme costs.

Prices for traded items

Tables listing the prices used for tradable goods. These items are used in estimating programme costs.

Assumptions on quantities of resources used

Tables listing the standardized list of assumptions on resource use for programme costs of health interventions.

Price multiplier for different coverage levels

A table listing the costs of shipping and handling for traded goods for different levels of population coverage.


  • Health Systems Financing
    Cost-effectiveness analysis and its implementation via CHOICE is part of health systems financing.