Health Economics: An International Perspective is the only textbook to provide a truly international, comparative treatment of health economics. Offering an analysis of health systems across borders, the fourth edition of this key text has been updated and revised to take account of changes in a host of countries.
This edition features an expanded introduction, providing better grounding for many of the examples that come in subsequent chapters and making it easier for non-health care experts to see the links between the theory, the examples, and the health care system components. It also boasts a re-structured format, dividing the book into two broad sections: the first focuses on ideas and principles, along with evidence on their applications in the health sector, while the second focuses on introducing core tools and techniques used in applied health economics research.
Further updates to this edition include:
Throughout the text, examples and illustrations are taken from a wide range of settings and world regions, providing a unique overview of the performance of different health systems.
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