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Health Economics

An International Perspective, 4th Edition

By Barbara McPake, Charles Normand, Samantha Smith, Anne Nolan


336 pages | 57 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138049208
pub: 2019-07-02
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pub: 2019-09-10
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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 fully updated and revised to take account of changes in a host of countries.

This edition features an expanded introduction, a new section on applied econometrics, more discussion of how the need for healthcare and access to healthcare are defined and measured, and a vastly revised and updated section on the profile and structure of different healthcare systems.

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.

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

About the Authors

Barbara McPake isDirector 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, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland.

Anne Nolan is a Senior Research Officer in the Social Research Division, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues