Economic evaluation of healthcare technology improving the quality of social life: the case of assistive technology for the disabled and elderly

Jungwoo Shin, Yeunjoong Kim, Heekoo Nam, Youngsang Cho

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Abstract

Public investments in healthcare technology for the disabled and elderly to improve the quality of social life have been vigorous, but the economic evaluation of the assistive technology is still lacking. Under this circumstance, the purpose of this study is to analyse the socio-economic value of developing assistive technologies with the potential to improve the quality of social life, especially for disabled and elderly individuals. Based on a survey of 400 respondents, the spike model, a special form of the contingent valuation method (CVM) is applied to assess the value of assistive technologies. In Korea, a household’s willingness-to-pay (WTP) for the development of assistive technologies is US$4.26 per year, on average, in the form of a government-levied tax; although many people express zero WTP for the development of these technologies, people with higher household savings, higher levels of education and higher levels of charity donations have a higher WTP for the development of assistive technology. We conclude that although assistive technologies have considerable economic value many people express zero WTP for the development of these technologies. Therefore, political and social educational efforts are necessary to reach social consensus on the government investment in such technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1371
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Economics
Volume48
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 27

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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