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Glossary of Terms

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Definition: A type of analysis that compares the financial costs with the benefits of two or more health care treatments or programs. Health care interventions that have the same or better benefit at a lower cost are better values than treatments or programs that are more expensive.

Example:

For example, cost-benefit analyses have been conducted to compare vaccinating people against a certain disease versus treating those people who get sick from the disease when no one is vaccinated.

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