Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. interpret key concepts and theories of economics within the context of the health system
  2. analyse a health system from an economic perspective in an international setting
  3. assess the most cost-effective health technology based on methods of economic evaluation
  4. articulate the complexities involved in providing equitable health care in developed and developing countries.
  • Topics
    • Health economics
    • Introduction and overview
    • Macroeconomics and market failure in health care
    • Microeconomics and market failure in health care
    • Options for health sector funding
    • Economic evaluation of health care
    • Purchasing health care
    • Methods of payment to medical care providers
    • Provider planning and costing
    • Contracting
    • Option appraisal and the private sector
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject includes an introduction to economic analysis in health care; the demand for health care; the supply of health care; markets, market failure and the role of government in health care; health care financing arrangements; equity in health care; and economic evaluation in health care.

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  • Assignment 1 - Presentation (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (25%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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