Health Economics : An International Perspective book cover
3rd Edition

Health Economics
An International Perspective

ISBN 9780415680882
Published July 7, 2013 by Routledge
312 Pages - 57 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This third edition of Barbara McPake and Charles Normand’s textbook confirms it as providing the only properly international treatment of health economics on the market. A key tenet of the book is its analysis of comparative health systems across borders, and the text has been updated and revised to take account of changes in a host of countries.

Barack Obama’s reforms in the United States are considered alongside the provision of healthcare in China, providing a unique overview of these different approaches. The introduction of performance related payment in various forms is appraised, with the experience of developing countries such as Cambodia, Rwanda and Uganda important in this regard.

An overview of the range of mathematical techniques available to perform economic evaluation in healthcare is also introduced, although the text avoids becoming too technical. In all, the text builds on the success of the first edition and provides the perfect introduction to the fast changing world of health economics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  PART 1 Introductory health economics  2. The Demand for health and health services  3. Production, health and health care: efficient use of inputs  4. Cost of delivering health services  5. Basic market models  6. Supplier-induced demand and agency  7. Market failure and government  PART 2 Economic evaluation  8. The theoretical bases of economic evaluation  9. Issues in the measurement of costs  10. Measuring benefits in economic evaluation  11. Practical steps in economic evaluation  12. Economic evaluation as a framework for choice  PART 3 Further economics of markets and market intervention  13. Contracting  14. Market structures  15. Hospital and health provider behaviour and motivation  16. The economics of regulation  17. Incentives and agency  PART 4 The economics of health systems  18. Health systems: a framework for analysis  19. Tax and social health insurance mechanisms  20. Private financing mechanisms  21. Health systems around the world  22. Parallel systems  23. The economics of health sector reform




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Barbara McPake is Director and Professor at the Institute for International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK

Charles Normand is Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.

Samantha Smith is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Health Research and Information Division. She has a PhD in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.