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Principles in Health Economics and Policy
     

Principles in Health Economics and Policy

by Jan Abel Olsen
 

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Principles in Health Economics and Policy is a clear and concise introduction to health economics and its application to health policy. It introduces the subject of economics, explains the fundamental failures in the market for health care, and discusses the concepts of equity and fairness when applied to health and health care. Written for students and health

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Principles in Health Economics and Policy is a clear and concise introduction to health economics and its application to health policy. It introduces the subject of economics, explains the fundamental failures in the market for health care, and discusses the concepts of equity and fairness when applied to health and health care. Written for students and health professionals with no background in economics, the book takes a policy-oriented approach, emphasising the application of economic analysis to universal health policy issues. It explores the key questions facing health policy-makers across the globe right now, such as: How should society intervene in the determinants that affect health? How should health care be financed? How should health care providers be paid? How should alternative health care programmes be evaluated when setting priorities? With relevant exercises and suggested further reading lists at the end of each chapter, Principles in Health Economics and Policy is the ideal resource for both students and health professionals.

Editorial Reviews

Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, RNC-NIC, FAAN(University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description:This book details the basics of health economy necessary to understand health policy for readers who are not economics majors.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide an easy to read introduction to the application of economics to health policy.
Audience:The audience is students and health professionals who lack training in economics.
Features:The book focuses on four questions which frame the content: How should society intervene in the determinants that affect health? How should healthcare be financed? How should healthcare providers be paid? How should alternative healthcare programs be evaluated when setting priorities? Using these questions as a starting point, the book starts by defining health and then moves into discussions about healthcare financing using good simplistic terms. The discussion of the determinants of health, with its examples of the impact of quality on health, helps readers question many aspects of health. Using primary care and integrated provider systems brings what could be dry content to life. These are areas to which most readers can relate.
Assessment:There are no comparable books on the market that are this simplistic yet thorough.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191008054
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
08/13/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jan Abel Olsen, Professor of Health Economics and Chair, Health Services Research Unit, Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromso, Norway; and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Jan Abel Olsen is a professor of health economics and health services research at the Department of Community Medicine, University of Tromso, Norway. He is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, Australia, and a part-time researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. His eclectic research interests include measurement and valuation of health outcomes, efficiency vs equality in health and health care, primary care financing, and social epidemiology. He has published extensively in leading journals in these fields, and has served as an advisor to various governmental bodies and commissions.

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