Health Economics

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode EBB120A05
Vaknaam Health Economics
Niveau(s) bachelor, uitwisseling, facultaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Health Economics
Leerdoelen After completion of this course in health economics you are able to:
1. Explain why health economics exists as a distinct branch of economics.
2. Explain and discuss the differences between health economics and economics of healthcare.
3. Discuss the merits and demerits of government intervention in markets relating to healthcare.
4. Explain how health can be understood as “produced” by an individual, making choices which respond to incentives.
5. Outline socioeconomic determinants of, and differences in, health.
6. Outline, and explain the justification for, economic evaluation of healthcare interventions.
Omschrijving Health economics is a subfield of economics. It can be described as applying economic principles to analyse health and healthcare.
This course offers an introduction to health economics. It aims to give you an introduction to key concepts in health economics and to describe how health economics may inform policy debates worldwide.
In this course, we explore and discuss how economic principles can be applied to health and healthcare. We focus on the characteristics of health and healthcare in high income countries. We describe the supply side (e.g. medical doctors) and demand side (e.g. people already with medical conditions, as well as other individuals facing uncertain future health outcomes) of healthcare markets. We explore a canonical model of individual decision-making with regard to health, as well as the socioeconomic context in which such decisions are made. We consider insurance markets for healthcare and ways in which they may fail. We discuss the pros and cons of government intervention in attempts to correct for market failure. Finally, we examine how economic decisions are made regarding the introduction of new healthcare interventions.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm -hoorcollege ,  -werkcollege
Toetsvorm -schriftelijk tentamen (open vragen)
(Assignment counts for 25% of the final grade)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. J.O. Mierau
Docent(en) prof. dr. J.O. Mierau ,prof. dr. G.J. van den Berg ,PhD. L. Viluma
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Journal articles Various
Health Economics, Palgrave MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2013 Bhattacharya, Jay, Timothy Hyde, Peter Tu 9781137029966 ca. €  58,00
Opmerkingen Info: Prof Jochen Mierau,
Secretary Kim Beute, phone +31(0)50 3637018, e-mail, room 5411.0734
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Econometrics and Operations Research/EOR  (keuzevakken BSc EOR) 3 semester I a keuze
BSc Econometrics and Operations Research/EOR  (minor E&BE) 3 semester I a keuze
BSc Economics and Business Economics/E&BE  (minor E&BE) 3 semester I a keuze
Courses Exchange (BSc)  (Courses Exchange Students (BSc) without limited access) 3 semester I a keuze
Pre-MSc-programma’s FEB  (Pre-MSc BA Health) 1 semester I a verplicht