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Can discount rates use the country’s inflation rates, instead of using rates such as 3-6%, as indicated in some guidelines?

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Yot Teerawattananon

Senior Researcher  |  Thailand  |   Replied: 27 Feb 2017 at 11:20
First, it is likely these will be similar numbers. Second, there may be problems comparing the studies with others globally because it’s common that most HTA guidelines around the world recommend around 3% for discount rate when comparing VFM of interventions in your country and other countries because the difference may not be about cost or effectiveness but the discount rate.

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