Health economics

Cost effectiveness and strategic planning (WHO-CHOICE)

The WHO-CHOICE team works with policy makers at the country level, providing information on cost-effectiveness, costs and strategic planning which can help guide policy decisions. We assist countries to ensure that money spent on health is allocated in a way that the greatest possible health outcomes are achieved in the most feasible manner. We also collaborate with international agencies contributing to resource allocation decisions.

Member States, countries and organizations use the CHOICE tools to undertake cost-effectiveness analysis, whilst the OneHealth Tool assists in costing and measuring the feasibility of strategic plans.

Choosing Interventions that are Cost-Effective

The work undertaken within the Cost-effectiveness, Expenditure and Priority setting group (CEP) has grown from the traditional generalized cost-effectiveness analysis programme of work, known as WHO-CHOICE, to encompass a number of broad themes, including cost-effectiveness, costing, planning and broader economic considerations.

Tools and methods have been developed to respond to a growing demand from country level policy makers around pricing, resource requirements and value for money in the health system.

Cost-effectiveness, Expenditure and Priority setting team

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Other information

  • Frequently asked questions
    For further information about WHO-CHOICE and OneHealth Tool read through our frequently asked questions.


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