HSH769 - Comparative Health Systems


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 hour class each week (pre-recording provided)
2 hour seminars (Week 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10) - on campus

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 hour class each week (pre-recording provided)
2 hour seminars (Week 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10) - Online


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit provides students with a framework for undertaking critical and comparative analysis of the performance of both state-based and market-based health systems. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the various domains that impact on equitable and efficient health care delivery including: (i) the organisation, operation, funding and policy environment and (ii) the role that political, cultural, legal and economic factors play in the development of health systems. Further issues that are explored are the fragmentation of health systems, health workforce supply in a global context, health inequities particularly indigenous and isolated populations and the neglect of health promotion and primary prevention at the expense of curative care. These topics are explored in the context of a series of case studies including the National Healthcare Service (NHS) in the UK, the Affordable Care Act in the US, Australia’s Medicare, and various other examples from India, Africa, South America, the Netherlands, China, Singapore and Thailand.

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