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Developing health economic models of chronic diseases for reimbursement purposes

23 April 2015

The thesis of Bart Heeg deals with health-economic modelling of chronic diseases for reimbursement purposes. With an ageing population the number of chronic diseases, often requiring chronic treatment, is increasing. New health care technologies, such as drugs, diagnostics and medical devices, often provide an improvement to current standard of care. This improvement obviously comes at a certain cost. In health economics, this added benefit is weighted against the higher costs to determine whether a technology is cost-effective and in the end should be reimbursed. For that purpose, health economic models are used. In the first part, various modelling approaches are discussed and applications of those approaches presented for three chronic diseases (schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease and multiple myeloma). The second part is on model parameter estimations in terms of (i) incorporating compliance and (ii) various methods of incorporating categorical inputs in health economic models. Finally, the issue of identifying variables (including health economic outcomes), that are predictive for reimbursement decisions in Scotland, is addressed.

PhD ceremony:

B.M.S. Heeg, MSc


May 01, 2015




prof. dr. M.J. (Maarten) Postma , B.A. Hout, prof. dr. E. (Erik) Buskens


Academy building RUG


Mathematics and Natural Sciences

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