An International Perspective, 3rd Edition
Routledge – 2013 – 312 pages
This third edition of Barbara McPake and Charles Normand’s textbook confirms it as providing the only properly international treatment of health economics on the market. A key tenet of the book is its analysis of comparative health systems across borders, and the text has been updated and revised to take account of changes in a host of countries.
Barack Obama’s reforms in the United States are considered alongside the provision of healthcare in China, providing a unique overview of these different approaches. The introduction of performance related payment in various forms is appraised, with the experience of developing countries such as Cambodia, Rwanda and Uganda important in this regard.
An overview of the range of mathematical techniques available to perform economic evaluation in healthcare is also introduced, although the text avoids becoming too technical. In all, the text builds on the success of the first edition and provides the perfect introduction to the fast changing world of health economics.
1. Introduction PART 1 Introductory health economics 2. The Demand for health and health services 3. Production, health and health care: efficient use of inputs 4. Cost of delivering health services 5. Basic market models 6. Supplier-induced demand and agency 7. Market failure and government PART 2 Economic evaluation 8. The theoretical bases of economic evaluation 9. Issues in the measurement of costs 10. Measuring benefits in economic evaluation 11. Practical steps in economic evaluation 12. Economic evaluation as a framework for choice PART 3 Further economics of markets and market intervention 13. Contracting 14. Market structures 15. Hospital and health provider behaviour and motivation 16. The economics of regulation 17. Incentives and agency PART 4 The economics of health systems 18. Health systems: a framework for analysis 19. Tax and social health insurance mechanisms 20. Private financing mechanisms 21. Health systems around the world 22. Parallel systems 23. The economics of health sector reform
Barbara McPake isDirector and Professor at the Institute for International Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK
Charles Normand is Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.
Samantha Smith is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Health Research and Information Division. She has a PhD in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.