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HSH717 - Health Economics 1

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 1
EFTSL value:

0.125

Unit chair:J Watts
Contact hours: 2 hours per week
Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.

Content

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 current policy developments.

i) Dimensions of Health Economics: The scope of health economics; why is health economics relevant; objectives in health care – choice between different values; basic concepts and definitions.

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; viewpoints on the Australian health care system; international comparisons.

iv) Health Economics and Public Policy: Health expenditure control; health insurance; reforming Medicare – from tinkering to managed competition; efficiency in health provider payment mechanisms; efficiency in sub-sectors of the health care system (such as primary care and hospitals).

Assessment

Essay (2000 words) 40%, In-trimester exercises (including tutorial participation) 20%, examination (2 hours) 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$1224$1224$2777$3467

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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