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Introduction to Health Economics

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Acknowledgements Introduction Section 1: Economics and Health Economics Key concepts in health economics Macroeconomics, globalization and health Section 2: Demand and Supply A simple model of demand Measuring demand Supply: Production in the long and short run Supply: Costs, economics of scale and the supply curve Section 3: Markets A simple market model Health care markets and efficiency Section 4: Health Care Financing The changing world of health care finance Provider payments Private health insurance Achieving universal coverage Section 5: Economic Evaluation What is economic evaluation and what questions can it help to answer? Counting the costs Identifying, measuring and valuing consequences Economic evaluation and decision-making Section 6: Equity and the Role of Government Promoting equity and the role of government Glossary

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Lorna Guinness is a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Australia. Virginia Wiseman is a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

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