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|Unit chair:||R Carter (B)|
|Contact hours:||2 hours per week|
|Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.|
The unit introduces students to the discipline of health economics and assumes no prior knowledge. The unit will cover the following topics, with a particular focus on material released by the recent National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.
i) Dimensions of Health Economics: The scope of health economics; why is health economics relevant; objectives in health care – choice between different values.
ii) Microeconomic Tools for Health Economics: Concepts behind the demand curve; concepts behind the supply curve; markets and economic rationalism, market failure, the role of government and preventing government failure.
iii) The Australian Health Care System from an Economic Perspective: Structure and funding; role of providers, consumers and funders; Federal/State relations; viewpoints on the Australian health care system; international comparisons.
iv) Health Economics and Public Policy: Health expenditure control; medical insurance; reforming Medicare – from tinkering to managed competition; efficiency in hospitals; efficiency in general practice; efficiency in public health.
Minor essay (1500 words) 20%, major essay (3000 words) 50%, student presentation 30%
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