Resources for teaching Health Policy
Lecture handouts by Vivian Ho, Rice University
- Lecture entitled an overview of the health care industry
- Health, medical care, and medical spending lecture
- Government regulation and intervention
- Government provision of health insurance: Medicare
- Government provision of health insurance: Medicaid
A series of interviews on public sector issues by the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at Bristol University, includes the following on health economics topics:
Waiting times have been a central concern in the English NHS, where care is provided free at the point of delivery and is rationed by waiting time. Pro-market reforms introduced in the NHS in the 1990s were not accompanied by large drops in waiting times. As a result, the English government in 2000 adopted the use of an aggressive policy of targets coupled with publication of waiting times data at hospital level and strong sanctions for poor performing hospital managers. This regime has been dubbed 'targets and terror'.
Across England, patients are beginning to use the new 'choose and book' system to select the location of their hospital care. But will the affluent be more likely to exercise choice than people from more deprived areas?
Recent health care reforms are paving the way for greater competition between providers of health care, both within and outside the NHS - which the government believes will promote greater responsiveness of hospitals to patients' needs, cut waiting lists and reduce equity in the receipt of health care. But as Professor Carol Propper points out, the evidence to support these claims is by no means unequivocal. 'The devil is in the detail', she argues: the impact of competition in health care markets depends on the precise nature of the policies introduced and the interaction between them.
16'54" interview by John Appleby, Kings Fund, London
22'55" interview by Karen Bloor, University of York
Counting the cost of effective health policy
Stephen Heasell, Nottingham Trent University
Abel Olsen J. Principles in health economics and policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2009.
Henderson James W. Health Economics and Policy. Gardners Books; 2008.
McPake B, Normand CEM. Health economics : an international perspective. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, N.Y.: Routledge; 2007.
Mooney G. Key Issues in Health Economics. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf; 1994.