This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the main concepts and analytical methods of health economics, political economy and finance to examine the workings of health systems in Australia and comparable countries. Topics covered include the debates over the public-private mix and governance and accountability - who makes decisions about funding priorities? To whom should decision makers be held accountable and for what aspects of their work? How does health finance shape broader policy reform, such as universal health coverage? Learning outcomes. By the end of this unit students will be able to: (i) apply basic concepts and methodologies of health economics and political economy in policy analysis; (ii) understand the role of economic analysis in planning and evaluating health policy change; (iii) understand the main models and debates regarding health system funding and the implications for equity, delivery and governance of health services; (iv) be familiar with theoretical frameworks underlying health economics and current debates over health finance.(v) apply this knowledge to current Australian and global health systems and debates over reform.
Block mode with compulsory Intensive workshops on Campus or online only mode. Block mode. 2 x 2 day workshops or online only
Health Economics Exercise (50%), Health finance assignment (50%)
Buse K, Mays N, Walt G (2012). Making health policy. Second edition. Open University Press: London. Other required and recommended reading materials available from eLearning site.