The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics

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The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics provides an accessible and authoritative guide to health economics, intended for scholars and students in the field, as well as those in adjacent disciplines including health policy and clinical medicine. The chapters stress the direct impact of health economics reasoning on policy and practice, offering readers an introduction to the potential reach of the discipline.

Contributions come from internationally-recognized leaders in health economics and reflect the worldwide reach of the discipline. Authoritative, but non-technical, the chapters place great emphasis on the connections between theory and policy-making, and develop the contributions of health economics to problems arising in a variety of institutional contexts, from primary care to the operations of health insurers. The volume addresses policy concerns relevant to health systems in both developed and developing countries. It takes a broad perspective, with relevance to systems with single or multi-payer health insurance arrangements, and to those relying predominantly on user charges; contributions are also included that focus both on medical care and on non-medical factors that affect health. Each chapter provides a succinct summary of the current state of economic thinking in a given area, as well as the author's unique perspective on issues that remain open to debate. The volume presents a view of health economics as a vibrant and continually advancing field, highlighting ongoing challenges and pointing to new directions for further progress.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199238828
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/26/2011
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherry Glied served as chair of the Health Policy and Management Department at Columbia University's Mailman School from 1998-2009, and as Senior Economist to the President's Council of Economic Advisers, under Presidents Bush and Clinton from 1992-93. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a member of the board of Academy Health, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has been nominated by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to the US Department of Health and Human Services and is currently awaiting Senate confirmation.

Peter C. Smith is a mathematics graduate from the University of Oxford, and started his academic career in the public health department at the University of Cambridge. In recent years his main research has been in the economics of health, and he was formerly Director of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. He has acted in numerous governmental advisory capacities, and advised many overseas governments and international agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Table of Contents

1. Overview, Peter Smith and Sherry Glied
The Organization of Health Care Systems
2. Health Systems in Industrialized Countries, Bianca K. Frogner, Peter S. Hussey, and Gerard F. Anderson
3. Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries, Anne Mills
4. The Political Economy of Health Care, Carolyn Tuohy and Sherry Glied
5. The Promise of Health: Evidence of the Impact of Health on Income and Well-Being, William Jack
Determinants of Health
6. Health Production, Kristian Bolin
7. Socioeconomic Status and Health: Dimensions and Mechanisms, David M. Cutler, Adriana Lleras-Muney, and Tom Vogl
8. Determinants of Health in Childhood, Michael Baker and Mark Stabile
9. Economics of Infectious Diseases, Ramanan Laxminarayan and Anup Malani
10. Economics of Health Behaviours and Addictions: Contemporary Issues and Policy Implications, Donald S. Kenkel and Jody Sindelar
11. Economic and Mental Health: An International Perspective, Richard G. Frank
Institutions of Health Care Finance
12. Public Sector Health Care Financing, Ake Blomqvist
13. Voluntary Private Health Insurance, Peter Zweifel
14. Health Care Cost Growth, Michael E. Chernew and Dustin May
15. User Charges, Erik Schokkaert and Carine Van de Voorde
Economic Problems of Health Care Finance
16. Insurance and the Demand for Medical Care, Mark V. Pauly
17. Guaranteed Access to Affordable Coverage in Individual Health Insurance Markets, Wynand P.M.M. van de Ven and Frederik T. Schut
18. Managed Care, Laurence Baker
The Institutions of Health Care Supply
19. Hospitals: Teaming Up, Pedro Pita Barros and Pau Olivella
20. Primary Care, Anthony Scott and Stephen Jan
21. The Global Health Workforce, Till Barnighausen and David E. Bloom
22. The Economics of the Biopharmaceutical Industry, Patricia M. Danzon
23. Disease Prevention, Health Care and Economics, Jane Hall
24. Long-Term Care, Jose-Luis Fernandez, Julien Forder and Martin Knapp
Economic Problems of Health Care Supply
25. Physician Agency and Payment for Primary Medical Care, Thomas G. McGuire
26. Provider Payment and Incentives, Jon B. Christianson and Douglas Conrad
27. Non-Price Rationing and Waiting Times, Tor Iversen and Luigi Siciliani
28. Increasing Competition between Providers in Health Care Markets: The Economic Evidence, Carol Propper and George Leckie
Assessing Performance
29. Measuring Organisational Performance, Jim Burgess and Andrew Street
30. Health System Productivity, Jack E. Triplett
31. The Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis to Inform Decisions about the Use of Health Care Interventions and Programmes, Simon Walker, Mark Sculpher and Mike Drummond
32. Analysing Uncertainty in Cost-effectiveness for Decision Making, Susan Griffin and Karl Claxton
33. Health Utility Measurement, Donna Rowen and John Brazier
Economic Perspectives on Fairness
34. Concepts of Equity and Fairness in Health and Health Care, Jan Abel Olsen
35. Measuring Inequality and Inequity in Health and Health Care, Eddy van Doorslaer and Tom Van Ourti
36. Intergenerational Aspects of Health Care, Louise Sheiner
Economic Methodology and Health Policy
37. Econometric Evaluation of Health Policies, Andrew M. Jones and Nigel Rice
38. Health Economics and Policy: The Challenges of Proselytising, Alan K. Maynard and Karen Bloor

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