4th Edition

Health Economics An International Perspective

    348 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 69 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 restructured 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, whereas the second focuses on introducing core tools and techniques used in applied health economics research.

    Further updates to this edition include:

    • two new chapters on applied econometrics;
    • a new chapter on equity, focusing on equity in access to health care, paying particular attention to how access and need for health care are defined and measured in applied research;
    • a new chapter on emerging issues for health systems that are emanating from a series of global transitions both within (e.g. demographic change, epidemiological change, the global resolution on universal health coverage) and without the health sector (e.g. economic transitions).

    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: health economics in international perspective  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 Further economics of markets and market intervention  8. Contracting  9. Market structures  10. Hospital and health provider behaviour and motivation  11. The economics of regulation  12. Incentives and agency  PART 3 The economics of health systems 13. Health systems: a framework for analysis  14. Tax and social health insurance mechanisms  15. Private financing mechanisms  16. Health systems around the world: an introduction to variation and performance  17. The economics of health in an era of global transition  PART 4 Tools and techniques for measurement and analysis  PART 4a Economic evaluation 18. The theoretical bases of economic evaluation  19. Issues in the measurement of costs  20. Measuring benefits in economic evaluation  21. Practical steps in economic evaluation  22. Economic evaluation as a framework for choice  PART 4b Applied econometrics and other tools 23. Introductory applied health econometrics  24. Methods and applications for causal analysis  25. Equity in access to health care: key measurement issues.


    Barbara McPake, Professor of Global Health and Director, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Charles Normand, Professor of the Economics of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, UK, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.

    Samantha Smith, Research Fellow, Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland.

    Anne Nolan, Associate Research Professor, Social Division, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland.