In every day life we often hear about obesity, smoking and chronic conditions and how they may affect our quality of life. But what do we know about their costs? Is it better to reduce obesity or smoking? How much we can save if we could reduce the incidence of diabetes? And which type of cancer should we target for prevention? Policy makers are trying to find answers for these questions. At present they do not have tools that provide them with a clear picture of how the health status and the health utilization of the population are evolving. Our aim is to remedy this situation by developing a predictive Micro-simulation model of trajectories of the population in both the health status and health utilization domains. In this talk I will present the structure of the simulation, some preliminary analyses and discuss how to proceed forward.
The seminar will be followed by drinks and finger food in the staff room. All attendees are welcome!