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Introduction to Health Economics


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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 governmentGlossary

About the Author

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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