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Goals

The Interagency Consortium to Promote Health Economics Research on Cancer (HEROiC) strives to:

  • raise awareness of the importance of the economic burden of cancer from the perspectives of patients and their families, employers, health insurers, and society overall. Aspects of economic burden include costs associated with receipt of medical care, productivity losses due to cancer, late and lasting effects of treatment, and premature mortality;
  • develop and enhance research resources for estimating the economic burden of cancer at the national, state, and local levels;
  • quantify the economic burden of cancer at the national, state, and local levels from the perspectives of patients and their families, employers, health insurers, and society overall;
  • stimulate research and program evaluation related to the effects of public policies, health care settings, health service delivery, and health care financing and insurance structures;
  • encourage use of economic theories to improve understanding of individual, health care provider, and organizational behaviors related to the receipt of high-quality cancer care;
  • work with partners to integrate measures of the economic burden of cancer into existing research studies and routine clinical practice; and
  • provide national and international leadership to accelerate dissemination and implementation of evidence-informed practice and policy.

Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014