Poslední úprava: PhDr. Petr Bednařík, Ph.D. (07.12.2021)
Timetable: ALL LECTURES START AT 9:30 am Central European Time! Seminars will follow right after the lecture, with a short break.
No lectures and seminars on April 2, 2021 (Easter Friday), and April 30, 2021 (Dean's Day).
!!!change in dates of seminar topics 6 and 7 - see below:
The seminar dates and topics:
February 26, Topic no. 10: “Test, trace, isolate”
March 5 Topic no. 1: “Public health – sin taxes”
March 12 Topic no. 2: “Information asymmetry”
March 19 Topic no. 3: “Vaccination”
March 26 Topic no. 4: “Role and place for profit in health care”
April 16 Topic no. 6 “Role of competition”
April 9 Topic no. 7: “USA healthcare reform”
April 23 Topic no. 8 “Sustainable financing and financial protection”
May 7 Topic no. 9 “Which health system organization is better”
Final exam will be held in Moodle.
The course features a series of lectures on health economics issues. Lectures are complemented by seminars.
The course provides students with a framework to understand principles of health economics, but also to understand health systems (their funding, pooling of funds, financing, purchasing, and provision of health care, and regulation of health systems). Topics regarding performance, effectiveness, and quality of health systems are also discussed.
Learning goals of the course are for students to:
1/ understand health economic principles, market failures and theories associated with them
2/ understand functioning of health systems in developed countries, their fundamentals and recent developments
3/ understand measurements of health status, health system performance and efficiency
4/ use economic theory to explain motivation and behavior of individual stakeholders
5/ use health economic theory and empirical findings to discuss up-to-date issues of health systems in developed countries
6/ assess proposed health policy and/or health systems changes using health economic theory and findings
Populations of developed countries are ageing, chronic diseases prevalence is on rise, all resulting in rising demand for health care. Technological progress brings innovations that transform into new, usually more efficient and safer, but also costlier, ways of treating diseases. These effects put pressure on public budgets which are used to finance health care and pose question of health systems’ financial sustainability without compromising access to needed health care for all citizens. At the same time, there are number of examples of poor quality and ineffectiveness of resource utilization in public health systems. Thus, the importance of understanding health economics is increasing.
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Petr Bednařík, Ph.D. (18.11.2021)
Course requirements and grading rules
Grades will be based on the following criteria:
1. Student seminar presentation and discussion - max 30 points (i.e. 30% of the final grade)
Date of each seminar topic will be strictly set and announced on the course webpage by the end of the second semester week. Questions from seminar topics may be included in the final written exam.
2. Group essay on the team topic (2000 words), based on seminar presentation and discussion - max 30 points (i.e. 30% of the final grade)
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Lucie Bryndová (18.02.2021)
DUE TO LIBRARY CLOSURE these eBOOKS are available from CUNI eLibrary (UKAŽ) for all CUNI students at ukaz.cuni.cz:
Olsen J.A. (2017): Principles in Health Economics and Policy. Oxford – available from ukaz.cuni.cz + open for all CUNI students for academic year 2020/2021 at https://ezdroje.cuni.cz/prehled/zdroj.php?id=858
Bernell S. (2016) : Health Economics: Core Concepts and Essential Tools. Health Administration Press – available from ukaz.cuni.cz
For particular lectures:
Demand for health insurance:
Olsen J.A. (2017) - Chapter 10: Uncertainty and health insurance.
Bernell S. (2016) - Chapter 8: The insurance market.
List of relevant literature and recommended further readings will be provided during lectures.
Main textbooks used in the class:
Feldstein, P. J. (2005); Health Care Economics, 6th edition; Thomson Delmar Learning – available in IES library, on-site lending only
McPake, B., Kumaranayake, L., Normand, C. (2005); Health Economics: An International Perspective; Routledge
William, J. (1999); Principles of Health Economics for Developing Countries; World Bank Institute
Further topics in health economics can be found in (all accessible on-line via CERGE-EI library):
Culyer, A.J., Newhouse, J.P. (editors, 2000); Handbook of Health Economics, Volume 1A, 1st edition; North Holland
Culyer, A.J., Newhouse, J.P. (editors, 2000); Handbook of Health Economics, Volume 1B, 1st edition; North Holland
Pauly, M., McGuire, T., Barros, P. (editors, 2011); Handbook of Health Economics, Volume 2, 1st edition; North Holland
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Petr Bednařík, Ph.D. (15.02.2020)
Introduction. Overview of health systems and health economics, description of health systems.
Demand for health care and relationship between a patient and a provider of health care
Impact of health services on health status. Preserving health status of the population.
Demand for health insurance, pooling of funds and risk adjustment
Financing of health systems, issue of third party payment and moral hazard
New trends in improving quality and efficiency of health care provision
How to pay for health care - comparison of different reimbursement mechanisms
Health technology assessment, pharmacoeconomics
Current issues in health systems – projection models, financial sustainability
Long term care – organization and financing
Reform trends in health systems (NL)
Managed competition and markets in health systems, Health systems and economic cycle