Dr. Eldon Spackman

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences


Eldon is a health economist with an interest in methods for sustainable health care. He is particularly interested in assessing the value and opportunity costs of health care technologies and interventions. Eldon holds a BA and MA in Economics from the University of Calgary and a PhD from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program at the University of Washington. He joined the U of C from the Centre of Health Economics at the University of York in the UK.  He is an expert in Health Technology Assessment and has undertaken evaluations for England, Scotland, British Columbia and Alberta. His current research, funded by the CIHR, uses provincial data to explore the life expectancy, quality-of-life and costs of patients with cancer in Alberta. This work will inform an opportunity cost threshold for cancer care in Alberta and provide methods to estimate a cost-effectiveness threshold for decision making across diseases.