Economics considers how best to use our limited resources to satisfy our unlimited wants and needs. Health economics is the application of economics to health and health care. After an introduction to economics, the course covers key issues in health economics, including: - Who should pay for health care? - Does free or subsidised health care increase our demand for health care? - Public versus private health insurance. - The incentives associated with the different methods of paying doctors and hospitals. - The conflicting objectives of government in the market for pharmaceuticals (to ensure access to affordable, safe and effective medicines; and to encourage research and development and employment in the pharmaceutical sector). - Reform to the organisation and financing of health care to improve equity, quality and efficiency in health care. - Recent reforms to health care in Australia and other countries.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health and Medicine|
|School||School of Medicine and Public Health|
Not currently offered
On completion of this course students will - be familiar with key economic concepts and understand their relevance to health care - understand why governments intervene in the health care sector to provide access to safe, effective and affordable health care.
Topics are covered in six modules:
|Assumed Knowledge||No prior training in economics is required.|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
|Course Materials||None listed|
|Timetable||2014 Course Timetables for PUBH6250|