- 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
- Option appraisal and the private sector
- Resources and Links
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
This subject introduces students to the economics of a health care system. It examines (i) the basic concepts and methods of economics as applied to the health sector (ii) the structure and relationships in a health system from an economic perspective and (iii) methods for economic evaluation of health care programs. Characteristics of the health sector that make it different to other sectors are examined, and issues such as the role of economic incentives, competition and regulation are explained. Students develop skills necessary to analyse economic and policy issues in a health system, and gain experience in critically evaluating the impact of policy on health system performance. The subject also covers economic evaluation and its role in decision-making.
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- Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
- Assignment 2 - Report (30%)
- Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (40%)