Health Economics

Book Description

A textbook that combines concepts with empirical evidence to explain in terms how care institutions and markets function.

This book introduces students to the growing research field of health economics. Rather than offer details about health around the world without providing a theoretical context, Health Economics combines economic concepts with empirical evidence to enhance readers' economic understanding of how health care institutions and markets function. It views the subject in both microeconomic and macroeconomic terms, moving from the individual and firm level to the market level to a macroeconomic view of the role of health and health care within the economy as a whole.

The book includes discussion of recent empirical evidence on the U.S. health system and can be used for an undergraduate course on U.S. health economics. It also contains sufficient material for an undergraduate or masters course on global health economics, or for a course on health economics aimed at health professionals. It includes a chapter on nurses as well as a chapter on the economics of hospitals and pharmaceuticals, which can be used in master's courses for students in these fields. It supplements its with readings (both classic and current), extensive references, links to Web sites on policy developments and public programs, review and discussion questions, and exercises. Downloadable supplementary material for instructors, including solutions to the exercise sets, sample syllabuses, and more than 600 slides that can be used for class presentations, is available at http://mitpress.mit.edu/health_economics. A student solutions manual with answers to the odd-numbered exercises is also available.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview

PART I Demand for Health, Health Care, and Insurance
Chapter 2 Health and Health Behaviors
Chapter 3 Demand for Health Care Services
Chapter 4 Demand for Private Health Insurance

PART II Supply of Health Care Services and Insurance
Chapter 5 The Market for Physicians’ Services
Chapter 6 Hospitals
Chapter 7 Quality of Care and Medical Malpractice
Chapter 8 Nurses in Hospital and Long-Term Care
Chapter 9 Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Chapter 10 The Supply of Private Health Insurance

PART III Market Structure in the Health Care Sector
Chapter 11 Private Financing of Health Care Services
Chapter 12 Government Financing and Private Supply
Chapter 13 Public Supply and Financing

PART IV of the Health Care Sector: Positive and Normative Aspects
Chapter 14 Cost and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
Chapter 15 Measuring Benefits and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Chapter 16 The Contribution of Personal Health Services to Longevity, Population Health, and Economic Growth
Chapter 17 Frontiers of Health Economics

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