Examining the different structures and techniques involved in making decisions about who benefits from those health care resources available in a publicly funded system, this book is a concise and compact introduction to health economics and 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, this new edition has been fully updated and revised. It now provides a more policy-oriented appraoch than before, emphasizing the application of economic analysis to health policy issues. User-friendly and filled with non-specialist language and easily understandable mathematics, this volume addresses a range of universal health policy issues through the application of health economic analyses. Exploring key questions currently facing health policy makers across the globe, it asks: how should society intervene in the determinants that affect health?; how should health care be financed?; how should health care providers be paind?; and how should alternative health care programs be evaluated when setting priorities?
With exercises and suggested further reading lists at the end of each chapter, Principles in Health Economics and Policy, 2nd edition, is an ideal resource for students and health professionals. It is the perfect place to find a clear and concise policy relevant introduction to the application of health economics to health care funding from a unique economics perspective that cannot be found anywhere else.
Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
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.