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Principles in Health Economics and Policy


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1: Health and healthcare 2: Economics and efficiency 3: What makes the market for healthcare different? 4: Equality and fairness 5: Determinants of (inequalities in) health: An overview 6: Exogenous determinants of health 7: The social environment and health 8: Health related behaviour 9: Funding sources: An overview 10: Uncertainty and health insurance 11: Prepayment schemes 12: Patient payments 13: The healthcare delivery system: An overview 14: Primary care: Paying general practitioners 15: Secondary care: Hospital financing 16: Unwarranted variations in healthcare utilization 17: Economic evaluation and priority setting: An overview 18: Benefits from improved health 19: Costs and the cost-effectiveness threshold 20: Beyond cost-effectiveness: Priority setting Index

About the Author

Jan Abel Olsen is a professor of health economics and health services research at the Department of Community Medicine, University of Tromso, Norway. He is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, Australia, and a part-time researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. His eclectic research interests include measurement and valuation of health outcomes, efficiency vs equality in health and health care, primary care financing, and social epidemiology. He has published extensively in leading journals in these fields, and has served as an advisor to various governmental bodies and commissions.


There are many economic and policy books on the market, but none that applies economic principles to policy making in such a concise manner as this one does. * Carole A. Kenner, Doody's *

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