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Introduction
Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is an economic evaluation technique that measures all the positive (beneficial) and negative (costly) consequences of an intervention or program in monetary terms.
The valuation of all program outcomes in monetary units allows decisionmakers to directly compare the health outcomes of different types of health interventions.
CBA can also be used to compare health-related interventions to those in other economic sectors.
For example, when deciding how to allocate the limited funding approved by a state or local legislature, policy makers might have to choose between implementing a statewide, school-based screening program for tuberculosis infection or a job-training program for the unemployed.
For each of these competing programs, CBA enables policy makers to determine whether the value of its positive consequences exceeds the value of societal resources required to implement the program.
This will help policy makers choose the program that provides the best return on investing societal resources.
Cost Benefit Analysis Defined
When do we use CBA?
What are costs and benefits?
 Framing a CBAJump to page 2.
 Valuation of Health OutcomesJump to page 3.
 Calculating and Presenting the Summary Measures Jump to page 4.
 Glossary — Cost Benefit AnalysisJump to page Glossary.
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