Principles in health economics and policy: Distributing health care

Paperback | September 6, 2009

EditorJan Abel Olsen

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Examining the different structures and techniques involved in making decisions about who benefits from those health care resources available in a publicly funded system, this book is a concise and compact introduction to health economics and policy. It introduces the subject of economics,explains the fundamental failures in the market for health care and discusses the concepts of equity and fairness when applied to health and health care. Written for students and health professionals with no background in economics, this new edition has been has been fully updated and revised. It now provides a more policy-oriented approach than before, emphasising the application of economic analysis to health policy issues. User-friendly and filledwith non-specialist language and easily understandable mathematics, this volume addresses a range of universal health policy issues through the application of health economic analyses. Exploring key questions currently facing health policy makers across the globe it asks: how should societyintervene in the determinants that affect health?; how should health care be financed?; how should health care providers be paid?, and how should alternative health care programmes be evaluated when setting priorities?With exercises and suggested further reading lists at the end of each chapter, Principles in Health Economics and Policy, 2nd edition is an ideal resource for students and health professionals. It is the perfect place to find a clear and concise policy relevant introduction to the application ofhealth economics to health care funding from a unique economics perspective that cannot be found anywhere else.

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Examining the different structures and techniques involved in making decisions about who benefits from those health care resources available in a publicly funded system, this book is a concise and compact introduction to health economics and policy. It introduces the subject of economics,explains the fundamental failures in the market ...

Dr. Jan Abel Olsen is Professor at the Institute of Community Medicine at the University of Tromso, and the Institute of Health Economics and Management at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.02 inPublished:September 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199237816

ISBN - 13:9780199237814

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Concepts and context1. Health and health care2. Economics and efficiency3. What makes the market for health care different?4. Equality and fairnessPart 2: Intervening in the determinants of health5. The health environment6. Health related life stylePart 3: Financing health care7. Uncertainty and health insurance8. Compulsory insurance9. Patient paymentPart 4: Paying health care providers10. Primary care11. Secondary care - reimbursing hospitals12. Integrating the health care provider systemPart 5: Economic evaluation and priority setting13. Non-monetary effects (E) and monetary benefits (B)14. Costs (C) and discounting (r)15. Beyond costs and outcomes: Equity and fairnessEpilogue

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"... interesting, easy to read, and enlightening about economic theory and its application to healthcare... The subjects are presented in a logical, easy to follow sequence, each chapter building appropriately on those that precede it." --Doody's Journal July 2003