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Health Economics - JEM101
Anglický název: Health Economics
Zajišťuje: Institut ekonomických studií (23-IES)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2021 do 2021
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:2/2 [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (59)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: doc. Paola Bertoli, M.A., M.Sc., D.Phil.
PhDr. Lucie Bryndová
Vyučující: PhDr. Lucie Bryndová
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace -
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Petr Bednařík, Ph.D. (07.12.2021)
ALL LECTURES AND SEMINARS in summer semester 2020/2021 ARE HELD ONLINE AS WEBINARS IN ADOBE CONNECT. LINK TO VIRTUAL CLASSROOM WAS SENT VIA SIS STUDENT MAILING LIST and individually through CUNI Adobe Connect invitations on February 18, 2021. In case you have not received it, please write me an email. Instructions for online webinars also to be found in the Moodle.

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.
Podmínky zakončení předmětu -
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) 
Deadline to sign for a student group and team topic: FEBRUARY 26, 2021, in the Moodle! 
Criteria for evaluation: 
1.1 quality and structure of the presentation, active participation of group members; 
1.2 relevance and structure of used arguments, quality of used literature sources and references; 
1.3 participation in the debate, quality of arguments used in the discussion. 

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) 
Deadline for essays’ submission - May 14, 2021. Each started week of delay in submission lowers the essay grade by 20 percent. 
Criteria for essay evaluation: 
2.1 structure of the essay - how well the essay is structured (introduction, arguments, conclusion), 
2.2 content - arguments used, their relevance, robustness of arguments and conclusions, how students reacted to contra-arguments of their opponents stated in the class discussion 
2.3 references - quality of literature sources, quality and properness of quotation and referencing, full list of literature sources 

3.Final written test - based on topics covered by lectures and seminars! - max 40 points (i.e. 40% of the final grade) 
- multiple choice, single answer + open answer questions 

!! Each of the 3 criteria has to be passed, i.e. it is necessary to score at least 51% from each criterio!! 
Grading scale: 
91 % - 100 %     =>          A 
81-90 %          =>          B 
71-80 %          =>          C 
61-70 %          =>          D 
51-60 %          =>          E 
0-50 %           =>          F 

Literatura -
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

Sylabus -
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Petr Bednařík, Ph.D. (15.02.2020)

Lecture topics:

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










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