Economics for health policy, planning and service delivery

Healthcare managers, planners, providers and policymakers are continually challenged by increasing demands on health systems and constraints on the availability of resources to meet those demands. Economics provides an important toolkit for meeting these challenges across a wide range of problems and settings, ranging from how taxes and subsidies might be used to promote healthy communities through to changing the way healthcare is delivered and the ways providers are paid. 

Health economics for policy, planning and service delivery is a five-day course that will introduce you to key economic concepts and evaluation methods for more informed and confident decision-making. You will learn how to apply these insights to protect, promote and restore health in populations and how to effectively plan, manage and deliver health services and policy.

Topic: 
Health Economics
Duration: 
Five days
Next course:
27 May 2019 (see all)
Designed for: 
Executives
Middle Management
Location:
UQ Brisbane City (view map)
Cost: 
Before Wednesday 24 April – $3700 (excl. GST)
After Wednesday 24 April – $4000 (excl. GST)

Topics covered

Day 1: Why do we need economics?

  • Fundamental concepts of economics
  • Positive and Normative economics
  • Economics of production and the production possibilities frontier
  • Efficiency in production and consumption


Day 2: What’s so special about health care?

  • The market for health care, conditions for efficiency and market failure
  • What makes health care different?
  • Responses to market failure
  • Government intervention and Government failure


Day 3: Managing behaviour to increase efficiency in health care systems

  • The hospital as a producer: Managing resources and delivering care
  • The patient as a consumer: Paying for health care
  • User charges and co-payments: revenue raiser or efficiency tool
  • Substitution effects, income effects, elasticity of demand
  • Paying providers: paying for inputs, paying for throughputs or paying for responsibility


Day 4: Efficiency and equity of health care interventions and health care systems

  • Economic evaluation of health care programmes and efficiency
  • Economic evaluation as a decision support tool: The Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio (ICER)
  • Cost effectiveness analysis and efficiency: Back to the production possibilities frontier
  • Portfolio analysis, integer programming and second best solutions
    • Equity and equality in health care systems:
    • Equity, equality and health system goals
    • Access to care: more than just affordability
    • Free health care and social inequalities in health


Day 5: Planning health care systems and behavioural health economics

  • Planning for health care: Projections, forecasts and plans
  • Integrating service, workforce and expenditure planning
  • Separating health workforce needs from health workforce supply.
  • Behavioural health economics: Changing the behaviour of populations, patients, providers and managers

Who is the course designed for

The course is designed for planners, managers and providers in the health care system who need to identify economic aspects in their activities and need to know the adequate economic tools challenges in their field. It will provide them with the skills necessary to address these with economic tools alongside their existing skill set.

Location

UQ Brisbane City
293 Queens Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000

Enquire

Course Bookings and contacts:

T: +61 (0) 7334 61975
E: cbeh@uq.edu.au
W: cbeh.centre.uq.edu.au/courses

Course Bookings and contacts:

T: +61 (0) 7334 61975
E: cbeh@uq.edu.au
W: cbeh.centre.uq.edu.au/courses

Upcoming sessions

27 May 2019 9:00am5:00pm
28 May 2019 9:00am5:00pm
29 May 2019 9:00am5:00pm
30 May 2019 9:00am5:00pm
31 May 2019 9:00am

Course Bookings and contacts:

T: +61 (0) 7334 61975
E: cbeh@uq.edu.au
W: cbeh.centre.uq.edu.au/courses

Enquire

Course Bookings and contacts:

T: +61 (0) 7334 61975
E: cbeh@uq.edu.au
W: cbeh.centre.uq.edu.au/courses