Challenging Health Economics

Hardcover | January 22, 2009

byGavin Mooney

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This book mounts a critique of current health economics and provides a better way of looking at the economics of health and health care. It argues that health economics has been too dominated by the economics of health care and has largely ignored the impact of poverty, inequality, poorhousing, and lack of education on health. It is suggested that some of the structural issues of economies, particularly the individualism of neo liberalism which is becoming more and more pervasive across the globe, need to be addressed in health economics. The author instead proposes a form of collective decision making through communitarianism, placing value on participation in public life and on institutions, such as health care. It is envisaged this form of decision making can be used at the local, national or global levels. For the last, thiswould mean a major revamp of global institutions like the World Bank and the IMF. Examples of the impact of the new paradigm on health policy in general but also more specifically on priority setting and equity are included.

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This book mounts a critique of current health economics and provides a better way of looking at the economics of health and health care. It argues that health economics has been too dominated by the economics of health care and has largely ignored the impact of poverty, inequality, poorhousing, and lack of education on health. It is su...

Gavin Mooney is Professor of Health Economics at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is Director of the Social and Public Health Economics Research Group (SPHERe) and holds visiting positions at Aarhus University, Denmark and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:January 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019923597X

ISBN - 13:9780199235971

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Table of Contents

Part I - Background and Critique1. Why a New Paradigm?2. Some Problems in Existing Health Economics3. The Lack of a Comprehensive Paradigm4. The Need for a New Paradigm5. Neo Liberalism and its Impacts on HealthPart II - A New Paradigm6. Building the Base for the New Paradigm7. Communitarianism8. Communitarian ClaimsPart III - Some Implications of the New Paradigm9. A Future Health Policy, Nationally and Internationally10. Priority Setting Under the New Paradigm11. Equity Under the New Paradigm12. Some Further Implications for Health Economics and the Economics of Health PolicyPart IV Conclusion13. Conclusion