Economic Analysis in Healthcare

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Economic Analysis in Health Care, Second Edition is intended as a core textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of health economics. The authors provide comprehensive coverage of the field of economics in health care and the evaluation of health care technologies.

This new edition has been fully updated with up-to-date case studies from the UK, Europe and the Rest of the World. It includes a new chapter on health care labour markets and contains new material...

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Overview

Economic Analysis in Health Care, Second Edition is intended as a core textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of health economics. The authors provide comprehensive coverage of the field of economics in health care and the evaluation of health care technologies.

This new edition has been fully updated with up-to-date case studies from the UK, Europe and the Rest of the World. It includes a new chapter on health care labour markets and contains new material integrated throughout the text on the economics of public health.

  • Adopts an international perspective towards topics in health economics
  • Creates a useful balance of theoretical treatment and practical application throughout the book
  • Focuses on both market-related and economic evaluation aspects of health economics.
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Reviewer: Eric P Matthews, PhD, MSed, MA (A. T. Still University)
Description: This overview and analysis of the economics of the U.K. healthcare system uses a unique real-world contextualization of healthcare costs; for instance, correlating the cost of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to the comparative number of school lunches the same money could provide.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a broad overview of the economics of healthcare delivery in the U.K. The book does this through a correlation of economics in the real world to the economics of healthcare. It introduces the means for evaluating the economics of healthcare while understanding the theories and concepts of economics in general. The book admirably does this in an easy-to-understand format that is quite readable.
Audience: The book is geared toward postgraduate students undertaking studying the economics of healthcare. It is definitely not an introductory book, nor would it lend itself to undergraduate study except at an advanced level.
Features: Within a broad overview of the economics of healthcare, the book undertakes an in-depth study of the entire topic. This is accomplished through an introduction to general economic analysis, a correlation to healthcare markets, an examination of the costs of healthcare relative to other consumer goods, payment methods for healthcare, economic evaluation of healthcare, and using that evaluation in decision-making for healthcare stakeholders. The book uses real-world comparisons to contextualize healthcare costs, which allows readers to make a determination about the actual value of a service. The book assumes a base level of knowledge about economics and healthcare, which the authors acknowledge in defining their target audience.
Assessment: This is a well-written book that contextualizes healthcare economics in the real world. It defines economic principles and correlates them to healthcare while discussing the means for undertaking an economic analysis of healthcare and using the findings of that analysis to make determinations about healthcare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781119951490
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Economic Analysis in Health Care

Chapter 2. The Demand for Health Care

Chapter 3. The Production and Costs of Health Care

Chapter 4. The Supply of Health Care

Chapter 5. Markets, Market Failure and the Role of Government in Health Care

Chapter 6. Health Insurance and Health Care Financing

Chapter 7. Equity in Health Care

Chapter 8. Health Care Labour Markets

Chapter 9. Welfarist and Non-Welfarist Foundations of Economic Evaluation

Chapter 10. Principles of Economic Evaluation in Health Care

Chapter 11. Measuring and Valuing Health Care Output

Chapter 12. Economic Evaluation Methods

Chapter 13. The Use of Economic Evaluation in Decision Making

Index

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